ENG 220 (for Shepard) Spring 2019

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This guide is to assist you with your course assignment(s) using resources available through the SUNY Broome Library.

Library Home Page

The Library home page is a great place to start! It has links to:

Important! Evaluate Your Sources

It is important to critically evaluate your sources to determine their appropriateness for the topic you are researching. The tutorial Evaluating Information can help with this.

Also Important! Cite Your Sources

When writing a paper it is important to cite where you find your information, quotations, and ideas. For examples of how to format your citations see the following guide: MLA Style GuideCitation tools are also available in a lot of the databases now. Look for these to help you out.

In the Library’s reference and circulating collections you can find:

  • MLA Handbook, 8th edition  LB2369 .G53 2016

Some Places to Browse For Ideas

  • Online access to SUNY Broome's Salem Press collection.
    • Includes:
      • Current Topics
      • Great Lives from History: Inventors & Inventions
      • Great Events from History
      • Milestone Documents in World History
      • Milestone Documents in African American History
      • plus more
  • Also see the viewpoints and issues databases, listed below.
  • See "Primary Sources" listed below.

How to Locate Articles

There are different types of article databases, e.g., multi-disciplinary, subject specific, viewpoint. To search for articles select a database that covers the scope of your topic.

Note: If you are looking for a peer-reviewed article verify it is from a peer-reviewed (or refereed) journal. Also note that the article is not an editorial or book review.

Some databases to start with: 

  • Academic Search Complete  A multi-disciplinary database, e.g., humanities, social sciences, sciences.
  • JSTOR  Includes academic journals, primary resources, and books from many academic fields.
  • Discovery Search  Searches many of the Library's databases at once.

Viewpoints/issues databases:

  • Opposing Viewpoints in Context  Includes topic overviews and viewpoint articles on issues.
  • CQ Researcher  Articles include: topic overview, historical background, chronology, pros/cons.  Also includes "Hot Topics" articles.

More databases available through the SUNY Broome Library.

Primary Sources

Primary Sources is a library guide for locating these types of materials in both print and electronic formats.

The following resources are in the SUNY Broome Library's reference collection:

  • Milestone Documents in World History: Exploring the Primary Sources That Shaped the World.  Ref D5 .M55 2010  For electronic access see Salem Press.
  • Milestone Documents in American History: Exploring the Primary Sources That Shaped America.  Ref E173 .M62 2008
  • Milestone Documents in African American History: Exploring the Essential Primary Sources.  Ref E184.6 .M55 2010  For electronic access see Salem Press.
  • Gale Encyclopedia of Multicultural America. Primary Documents.  Ref E184 .A1 G15 1999
  • Darwin to Einstein: Primary Sources on Science and Belief.  Ref BD215 .D3

Searching for Books

Use the Online Catalog and/or eBooks to find books in both print and/or electronic formats.

In the online catalog you may need to expand your search results to "Quick delivery libraries" and/or "Worldwide libraries." Click on "GET IT" to submit a request through Interlibrary Loan (ILLiad).


D. Curtin 2/19/16; latest update 7/25/19