In our databases, you will often across this icon:
For access to the full-text of an article (either in print or online), look for and click on that icon. This will open another window indicating where and how we may have access through Hekman Library, either online or in print. (Note that we may not have access--that link will only check to see if or how we may have it.)
Welcome to your online library guide for doing research in ENGL 101!
This page provides an overview of doing research for your assignments in this class. If you need help, be sure to reach out to me (bonus: you can get extra credit if you make an appointment).
Also, if you could use even more tips on researching, check out our YouTube channel.
Want to refine your searches and get the best results? Here's a summary of my top tips:
The Search Start tool on the library's website works by running your search in the library catalog, MeLCat (a shared catalog of libraries across Michigan), and some of our research databases grouped by vendor (EBSCO, ProQuest, and JSTOR).
It can be a good place to search broadly for a topic, and determine what type of research on the topic is available in the library's collection (books and articles).
Use the library's research databases to find periodical articles (for example, from scholarly journals or popular magazines).
Not sure which databases to try?
Google Scholar can be another option for searching for articles, but be sure to try the library's research databases first.
If you do decide to search Google Scholar, see this video for linking it to Hekman LIbrary: