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English 101 - T. O'Connell: English 101

Resources for Ted O'Connell's ENGLISH 101 classes

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These pages provide some helpful resources for Ted O'Connell's English 101 Essay #2 Assignment. 

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  1. Where you look depends on the kinds of information you need. This chart helps where to look for different types of information.
  2. Good search strategies often include multiple types of sources.
  3. Be sure to begin by understanding the requirements of your assignment!

Chart showing spectrum of information on the internet versus library databases

Information to the left of the dotted line:

The information to the left of the dotted line is information found on the Internet, which includes Wikipedia, online news sources and broadcast media. This information is produced quickly; sometimes daily, hourly, or second to second. 

Information to the right of the dotted line:

The information to the right of the dotted line includes information in electronic formats (found online) or in print formats. These types of information include books, scholarly journals, encyclopedia articles, and raw data. These information types can take up to months or years to produce. They cannot always be found on the free web (like in a Google search), but can be found through the library



Brainstorm search words and group them into concepts:

  • Use AND to join concepts. privilege AND rebellion
  • Use OR between words in the same concept to include more options. "Chris McCandless" OR "John Krakauer"
  • Use NOT to eliminate troublesome words or words you aren't interested in. Thoreau NOT Thorough
  • Use quotations to keep words in a phrase together. "experimental living"
  • Use * to include suffixes. transcendental*
  • Mine your research to find more or better words as you go.
  • Cite your sources as you go!
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