English 100 Research Guide
This guide offers a set of tabs across the top so you can:
- Choose a research topic.
- Use the STCC databases to get scholarly articles (and we'll tell you how to recognize a scholarly article when you see one!).
- Find books (on your topic, on how to write, and for your own pleasure.)
- Figure out how to cite different types of research materials.
There is a great deal of other useful material, so browse around this guide or one of the others on the Research Guides page.
AND, PLEASE let us know if you have questions. Find us by using the contact information in the box at right. All of the Reference Librarians here at STCC are waiting to help you. Good Luck!
Some definitions [all from Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, 11th edition, except as noted]:
Bibliography: a list of works referred to in a text or consulted by the author in the production of the work.
Citation: [not from Webster's] the elements needed to identify the source of information used. Usually included in a citation is the author's name, the title of the resource, place of publishing, and year of publishing.
Footnote: a note placed at the bottom of a page or in a separate section of a paper or book that comments on or cites a reference for a designated part of the text. Sometimes footnotes have more than this in them, for example, sometimes the author will have a whole discussion of some point or other in a footnote that he or she doesn't want to have in the main body of the work because it might be too distracting. Footnotes are designated by a number that looks like this1 either in the middle of a sentence or at the end of a sentence.2
Plagiarism: to steal and pass off (the ideas or words of another) as one's own without crediting the source; to commit literary theft, to present as new and original an idea or product derived from an existing source. Consult the "Citing Sources" tab to see a reprint of the STCC policy on plagiarism.
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