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ENGL 1302: Composition & Rhetoric II (Boston): Find Your Sources

Spring 2020 | ENGL 1302 | Professor Boston

Scholarly Articles (6 sources)

6 scholarly articles Scholarly articles are written (and often critically reviewed) by experts in a field. They're usually published by universities (e.g. Harvard, UT, etc)  or professional organizations (e.g. American Psychological Association).

They will typically:

1. Be pretty lengthy -- definitely over one page.

2. Have citations in text and at the end of the work.

3. Be pretty dense -- lots of text, not many images, high vocabulary level.

Multimedia (2 or more)

2 multimedia sources

Popular (2 sources)

2 popular articles This could include another multimedia-type of source (see above), or you could pull in a magazine, newspaper, or other periodical. You may also refer to a reference source, which you might find during your initial phase of research.


Anything that's published on a "periodic" basis, i.e. once a week, twice a year, quarterly, and so. Newspapers and magazines are periodicals (but technically so are scholarly articles, actually!).


The old library classic. While you can request print books from the other campuses, you may not have the time to wait. Fortunately, ebooks are available 24/7! These can be a helpful way of getting into your topic, since their broader coverage isn't as targeted as a scholarly article would be, which helps you with gaining context. And no, you don't have to read them cover-to-cover to use them as a source.

Reference (2 sources)

2 reference articlesReference:

Background information or overviews or fast facts -- you want to look up something, be able to quickly learn what the heck it is, and then move on. These types of sources are relatively short and while they may cover a lot of ground about a topic, they stick to basic who/what/when/where facts, not deep analysis.

They Say / I Say (3 sources)

Accessing the Databases

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illustration of a question mark on fire (burning question)Psst -- what's a database?

In its most basic sense, a database Access only available off-campus with a 14-digit library barcode from LSCS is just a selection of information designed for you to search and retrieve stuff from it. Amazon is a database you're probably familiar with: it's limited (only contains things you can buy through them) and retrievable (you can search and filter your results to find what you're looking for).

The library databases contain reputable, reliable sources of information to support researchers like you! This means everything from digital encyclopedias (like Credo), ebooks, scholarly journal articles, magazine and newspaper articles, streaming videos, statistics, and more.