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ENGL 1101 (Weaver) - English Composition I: Home



What's in this guide:

  1. Information on how to search the library catalog
  2. Directions on how to place a GIL Express Request and an Interlibrary Loan request
  3. Directions on how to perform searches for academic journals using databases
  4. A list of suggested databases
  5. Information on how to properly cite using MLA format

Before Beginning Your Research

Create a Search Strategy - Once you have chosen your recipe(s), and as you begin your research, spend some time thinking about the types of resources you will be looking for and the keywords you will use to find what you need. 

GSU Library Databases - use these to search for journal, magazine, or newspaper articles on your subject.  Some databases will also include citation information for books and book chapters, and more.  See the tab for Articles above for more information on what databases may be useful for your research. 

GSU Library Catalog & GIL Universal Catalog - search these to find  books, films, and more owned by GPC and other libraries.

Websites - use sites mentioned in class or look for other credible websites - make sure you know who is posting the information and whether he/she has credibility and information to back up his/her claims.

Films -you may want to see if we own any documentaries that discuss your chosen cuisine or films that feature your cuisine. To find films owned by the Library, check the Library Catalog.   You can also use the Library database Films on Demand, or look online for film clips from YouTube, television shows through Hulu, or similar sites. 

Evaluate ALL Resources and Information Used:

Don't blindly accept the information you find! Consider the source of the information and its context.  Ask yourself key questions when evaluating source information:

Credibility - Who wrote or created a particular work? Is he/she an expert in the field of study?  Is the piece from a peer-reviewed journal or a popular magazine? If it is a book, who published it - a university press, a trade press, a vanity press?  If it is a website, who sponsored it?

Currency - How up-to-date is the information? Depending on your topic, you may be able to rely on older resources, or you might need the most current scientific data available.  If you are using a book or article, note when it was written. For a website, look for both when it was created and when it has last been updated.

Reliability - Does the person writing the piece have a possible agenda - how biased is the information presented?  Are references included for information? Do you trust the source? Does the information in this work match what you have read in other sources?

Relevancy - How relevant is the information to your research needs? Is there something else that would fit your needs better?