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ENG 1050: Introduction to College Writing (Rocha)


This guide was created to help you find credible, scholarly resources for your ENG 1050 assignments. The information contained in this guide will directly relate to you work in this class. Use the tabs on the side to locate the information you need. If you don't find what you're looking for, or need help navigating this guide, don't hesitate to contact a McQuade Librarian. Good luck with your research!

Session One (in-person)

ENG 1050 Session 1 Goals

1. Learn which library tool is most appropriate for your research

2. Find books & articles using library resources

3. Learn to develop effective searches to gather information about a topic.


Think of MackSearch like Google, but created specifically for McQuade- easy searching but with more credible results. MackSearch does a combination search of the NOBLE Catalog as well as most of our databases, so typically you'll get a lot a results back. This can sometimes be a bit overwhelming, but fortunately, you have several options to refine and limit your results list to find exactly what you're looking for. In MackSearch you'll find books, e-books, journal articles, streaming media, news briefs, and more.      

NOBLE Catalog

Use the NOBLE Catalog to find books, e-books, dvds, and streaming videos from McQuade, as well as the 26 other libraries in our consortium (NOBLE). If another library has something you want, request it through interlibrary loan (ILL) at no charge and pick it up at the Help Desk on the first floor when it arrives. 

Opposing Viewpoints

Opposing Viewpoints is a database that covers social issues and supports science, social studies, current events, and language art. In Opposing Viewpoints you'll find journal, news, and magazine articles, streaming media, websites, and reference materials.    

Padlet Activity

1) Take a moment to consider: What did you learn from today's class? Was there anything that made you go hmmm? Did you learn anything new? Was there anything that made you think: that’ll be important later? Is there a tip or a trick you've picked up that helps in the research process? Or is there something that you think other students might find helpful? 

2) Go to this Padlet Board and create a post sharing what that something is. Make a post about what that important bit of information is, and link back to where you found it. Have your post link back to the research guide, or database, or wherever it may be. The goal is, at the end of the academic year, to have an accessible information board created by current students for future students.    

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