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Composition 126 and 150 Library Research Instruction  

This guide offers a summary of the in-class library instruction offered to Composition 126 and 150 students.
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Research E-Books Available through the Reed Library Catalog

Research Methods [electronic resource] : The Basics - by Nicholas Walliman
Call Number: EBSCOhost
ISBN: 0203836073
Publication Date: 2011
Research Methods: The Basics is an accessible, user-friendly introduction to the different aspects of research theory, methods and practice.

Basic Research Methods [electronic resource] : An Entry to Social Science Research - by Gerard Guthrie
Call Number: EBSCOhost
ISBN: 8132105966
This book is meant for students who are undertaking their first research course or project.


Outline of Learning Goals for Library Instruction

One important aspect of writing college-level papers is learning how to do research. Becoming a good researcher is an ongoing process that involves developing critical thinking skills, knowing where to look for appropriate sources, and being able to evaluate the information you find. To help you develop these skills, a librarian will be visiting class to:

  • Orient you to the library and its collections in the context of college work.
  • Introduce you to specific library services and research tools, including general periodical databases.
  • Help you develop database-specific search strategies.
  • Introduce the process of determining the relative value of information sources.
  • Demonstrate appropriate use of sources, including an awareness of proper citation styles and the issues surrounding academic honesty (unless covered by course instructor).

Why Can't I Just Google?


Research Resources

Research Paper Navigator
Use this handy calculator for help with citing sources, writing your paper, library research and time management.

Citing Your Sources
Tutorial (Flash) from Eastern Washington University.

Purdue Online Writing Lab
Quick guides for MLA, APA, Chicago and tips on creating annotated bibliographies, evaluating sources, etc.

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