Welcome to Your English1A Study Guide
Greetings! The purpose of this research guide is to provide you with tools to assist you in the following:
- Finding books in the library
- Accessing eBooks (in the library and off-campus)
- Determining best practices for Internet use
- Accessing research materials through the databases
- Utilizing print and online resources to find film reviews
- Citing your sources in MLA format
- Using the library resources from off-campus locations
Definition Paper Prompt
- While you can't use a dictionary as a source, the Oxford English Dictionary (or "OED") can give you some ideas of where to begin your research. The OED is basically a dictionary on steroids, and offers users historical definitions of words dating back to several centuries ago. The rich history creates an elegant timeline that will help you discover how the word has evolved over the years. It is located in our reference collection under the call number PE 1625 O87 1989.
Causal Analysis Proposal (Research Paper)
Are you still looking for a problem to solve for your paper? Check out the Topics Table just to the side of the Reference Desk on the 2nd floor. Once you have found your topic, you will want to use databases from the "Controversial Issues" section of our eResources Subject List. To access this go to the Library homepage, click on Library Resources -> eResources Subject List, and then select which database you would like to work with.
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See the reference librarian in person at the Library Reference Desk for immediate service.
Phone us at: 805-378-1472
We will answer right away unless we are helping another student. If we don’t pick up, leave a message and we’ll call you back as soon as we can.
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Email us your reference question being as clear and specific as possible concerning your needs. Although reference librarians don’t do your research for you, they can suggest where and how to find information. It is often helpful to know why you are doing research: is it for a class, what is the assignment and other helpful information. Be sure to indicate any deadlines you have.