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ENG 101 English Composition (Danielle Wagner)

Library resources for your ENG 101 course

Researching Controversial Issues

When you see something of interest, note the terminology that is used in the discussion.  Try to isolate key concept words or key phrases to use when searching the online catalog and electronic databases.

Locating Scholarly Articles

This database features a box you can check to limit your search to scholarly/peer-reviewed articles.  You can include other EBSCOhost databases in your search by clicking on "Choose databases" and selecting them.

Scholarly Databases

These databases contain scholarly journals in a wide variety of subjects.

Researching Newspapers and Current Issues

Read Magazines, including The Atlantic

Access to provides:

  • Tools to stay informed on the latest in world and national news, business, the arts, technology, travel, opinion, science, medicine and more
  • Breaking news articles, blogs, videos and interactive features
  • **Access requires logging in with a Pepperdine email on the NY Times homepage. Find step-by-step log-in instructions on the access guide to log in. **

Wall Street Journal

Wikipedia vs. Reference Books

Whether you are researching a topic that's new to you or just need a few quick facts, reliable information can be found in reference books.

Wikipedia is an encyclopedia written collaboratively; anyone with internet access can write and edit Wikipedia articles.  Users can contribute anonymously, under a pseudonym, or, if they choose to, with their real identity. 

Gale Virtual Referance Library (GVRL) is a collection of encyclopedias, almanacs, and specialized reference sources; these trusted, authoritative reference works are available 24/7