This online research guide was developed in collaboration with your instructor to assist you in finding resources for your persuasive essay assignment. It provides valuable information about print and electronic library materials, website resources, and citing style guidelines.
Some suggestions for getting started:
Atlases, dictionaries, directories, encyclopedias, handbooks, and other specialized reference books provide background information and are often a good place to start your research. Since Reference books are not part of the Libraries' circulating collection, they cannot be checked out. You can photocopy pages from books in the Reference collection. Photocopies are 10 cents per page.
The Reference books listed below profile a number of important social issues. Search the Library Catalog to locate additional Reference and Circulating books in our collection that contain information on your topic.
To see what books and other materials we own in our collections you need to search the MCC Libraries Catalog. You can search the MCC Library Catalog by keyword, subject, author, or title.
To Access the MCC Libraries Catalog
Books held in the circulating collection at the Leroy V. Good Library (Brighton campus) that have call numbers beginning with letters A - P are located on the 3rd Floor, while books that have call numbers beginning with letters Q - Z are located on the 4th Floor. Books held in the circulating collection at the Damon City Campus Library have "City" in front of their call number.
To Access MCC Libraries Article Databases
Select one of the databases listed in the chart below to get started. These databases are considered full-text resources. This means that in most cases, you are able to retrieve the entire article directly from the database.
Academic Search Complete
Associates Program Source
|Databases listed in the "General-All Research" category cover a wide range of topics, and are often a good place to start your research.|
|Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center
Points of View Reference Center
Newspaper Source Plus
|Newspaper databases that containarticles on local, regional, national and international news.|
Remember that in addition to the databases mentioned above, you can always search a subject specific database to locate information on the topic you are interested in. For example, to find information on health related topics try searching the databases listed in the "Health" category such as the "Health Reference Center Academic.
The following websites serve as portals to information on controversial topics. The Websites page on the Social Issues Research Guide provides links to additional websites that contain information on controversial topics.
For tips on how to evaluate information found on websites visit our Web Site Evaluation guide.
The following tools are available to assist you with the citing process:
Many library databases have built-in citation tools which allow you to create citations for chosen articles in MLA and other style formats. Be sure to check the citations generated from within these databases, and from any free web-based citation helpers as they may require further editing!
The Citing & Writing Resources guide also provides links to information on various citing styles (MLA, APA, CSE) and on the writing process. For more information on these and other citing styles, refer to the print style manuals available in the MCC Libraries collection or check with your instructor.
The Library website contains links to numerous publications, research guides and tutorials developed by MCC Librarians to assist you with your research needs. To access these library help guides online visit the MCC Libraries Research Guides page.
MCC Libraries provides distance learning library services to students who are currently enrolled in an MCC SUNY Learning Network (SLN) fully online course, and are not taking any on campus courses at either the Brighton or Damon City Campus, or any hybrid or web enhanced classes using ANGEL. Visit the Who Qualifies for Distance Learning Library Services page for further information.
The Distance Learning Library Services & Resources website provides links to additional information on how to find books and articles, access to research guides & tutorials, and other SLN Course Web Links pages.
Elizabeth Johnston teaches ENG 101 College Composition. Students taking the ENG 101 course online through the SUNY Learning Network (SLN) can contact her through the "Communicate" link available in their SLN ANGEL Course Map page, and by telephone (585) 292-3383.
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