English 130 Composition II: Writing for Public Audiences

How to Use the Guide

This guide is meant to help you get started on your research projects for English 130. Use the links below or click on the  green  navigation tabs to the left to find what you need. 

Some Important Links...

Keep in mind that this guide is meant to help you get started, not to complete the entire project. If you're not sure where to start, follow the "Getting Started" steps below. Also, you can always contact a reference librarian for more help. Their job is to help you with research and to answer questions, so don't hesitate to reach out!

Getting Started On Your Research

There are four research tasks associated with this class:

  1. First you pick your topic. We suggest using an encyclopedia like Credo Reference to get started. Even if you already have a pretty good idea of what topic you are going to choose, you still need to do a little research. You need to explore a little to find out what exactly you want to research and what kind information you need. Click here (or follow the tab on the left) to explore how to use an encyclopedia to choose your topic.

  2. Next, you find books and articles to include in your literature review. You can search the library catalog here, or choose your favorite database to search for articles.

  3. Then, you would find statistics that indicate a community need for your project.

  4. Finally, you would look for and find similar projects and initiatives to get ideas and sample project proposals.