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ENG 353 - Research Paper (Rachels Fall 2019): Welcome

Useful sources for the ENG 353 research paper assignment

USEFUL TIPS

Utilize biography databases for biographical and historical background about your author.  For biography databases, use these helpful tips: 

  • Last name first -
    • Bradstreet, Anne
    • Irving, Washington  
For searching the catalog (Find Books) and databases (Best Bets) , use these helpful tips: 
  • Anne Bradstreet and puritanism 
  • Anne Bradstreet and sex*
  • Anne Bradstreet and criticism 
  • Mary Rowlandson and Native Americans
  • Cotton Mather and Salem witch trials
  • Benjamin Franklin and Puritan work ethic
  • Phillis Wheatley and Atlantic slave trade
  • James Fenimore Cooper and environment*
  • Augustus Baldwin Longstreet and American humor
  • George Washington Harris and temperance movement
  • Edgar Allan Poe and sound poetry
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson and originality
  • Walt Whitman and Whitman, Alabama
  • Emily Dickinson and sex*
  • Frederick Douglass and literacy
  • Harriet Beecher Stowe and religion

REFERENCE SOURCES

The databases in this box would be useful if you need a general overview on a topic. There sources should not be the bulk of your research.

BIBLES and OED

RESOURCE TYPES

FIND BOOKS AT WESSELS LIBRARY

PASCAL

Find books at other academic libraries in South Carolina:

CONTACT A LIBRARIAN

Reid Austin
usually works 8:30 am - 4 pm

Angie Rachels
usually works 10 am - 3 pm

 

Schedule an appointment

BEST BEST FOR BIOGRAPHIES

OPEN LIBRARY

ACCESSING LIBRARY RESOURCES OFF-CAMPUS

Are you off campus? Are you being asked for a username and password to access online articles or ebooks?

Username
: your Newberry College email address

Password
: your Newberry College email password

CITING SOURCES

Why do I need to cite my sources? 

When you write a research paper, you use facts, information and ideas from various sources to support your own ideas and develop new ones. Books, print articles, DVDs, electronic information from databases, interviews, and Web sites are examples of sources you might use. Citing your sources is vital because citations:

  • make clear who the author of the original work is/was 
  • provide your audience with the necessary information to identify and locate the source material 
  • make your paper more credible because you support your arguments with quality sources
  • ensure you are not committing academic dishonesty by plagiarizing

What is plagiarism and is it serious? 

Plagiarism is a form of cheating in which you use another's words or ideas as if they were your own.  Plagiarism can result in failure of an assignment or even failure of a course. Repeated plagiarism may result in expulsion.

How do I avoid plagiarizing? 

Whenever you use an author's exact language in your paper, make certain to use quotation marks to indicate what words are the author's and then cite the quotation. When you change the author's words to your paraphrase the author's ideas, make certain you cite. 

Citation Help: 

OWL Purdue Online Writing Lab

MLA - Modern Language Association (web page)

MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers - Eighth Edition (Reference LB2369 .G53 2016) 

APA - American Psychological Association (web page)

Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association - Sixth Edition (Reference BF76.7 .P83 2010)