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ENG 102: Getting Started

General Guide to help ENG 102 students with resources for research

Getting Started

At the beginning of your research, you may need to gather background:

  • Names
  • Dates
  • Definitions
  • Basic Points of Fact

Books, including encyclopedias and dictionaries, are often excellent sources of background information.

Map out your search strategy

Creating a concept map can help you set up your search.  Pose your research question then determine the elements of your search. Add synonyms to create a great search!

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Tips for Finding Books

Using the keywords on your concept map, search for your terms in the Parkland Library Catalog.

Search Strategies:

Below is a sample book record from the Catalog. When you find a book in the Catalog that you like:

  • Click on the link beneath the book for more information, often a summary or table of contents, to see if the book will be useful to your research.  
  • Click on the terms to the right of Subject (LCSH) to see a list of all the books that have been tagged with that subject heading (Example: Mass media and children).
  • Click on the call number to see books that are around it on the shelf and likely on the same topic.
  • You can also text yourself the call number!

Now you're ready to go to the shelves to find your books.

  • All Paper books are on the second floor of the library.
  • When you find a book on the shelf that seems useful to your topic, look around it for other possible resources.



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