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ENGL 1102 - English Composition II: Author Research: Getting Started

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Dunwoody Handout

This document was designed especially with Dunwoody in mind.


Helpful tutorials for most databases and library tools can be found in this guide.

Welcome to the Library!

This guide will help you find reliable and authoritative information for your papers which comes from two sources:

  1. Books, both print booksall GSU libraries and ebooks which can be read from computers or mobile devices and discovered with GIL-Find; and
  2. Scholarly articles from databases, all in digital format.

The guide will also connect you to helps with citation, directions on using library tools, and ways to communicate with librarians who can help you with questions.

Reference Books

Sometimes the best way to start learning about a research topic is to use reference works.  Some of these are available digitally through the databases, but many more are in print in the Reference section near the Information Desk.  Some of the most helpful titles for your project are:

Contemporary Authors     Ref. Z1224 .C6
Contemporary Authors First Revision   Ref. Z1224 .C59
Contemporary Literary Criticism      Ref. PN771 .C59 
Literature and Its Times   Ref. PN50 .L574 1997
Short Story Writers    Ref. PN3373 .S398 2008    
Twentieth Century Literary Criticism     Ref. PN771 .G27
Novels for Students Ref. PN3365 .N68
Poetry for Students Ref. PN1101 .P756
Short Stories for Students Ref. PN3373 .S3844

Many of these reference books are also online.

Library Research Appointments

After the Library Instruction session, if you feel that you need additional help, you can schedule a research appointment with a reference librarian. Stop by the library to set up an appointment. Often the librarian can help you right away!

Annotated Bibliography

An annotated bibliography is a list of sources for your research followed by a short description and evaluation of each one.  These links from Cornell University and The Purdue Online Writing Lab  explain the process of creating an annotated bibliography in depth.