Course: Eng 101 English Comp I

Prof. Rhonda Gray

This guide is designed to help you research information under theme: "Living an Urban Reality". It includes an index of scholarly sources that should be used. Included in the list are websites and search engines that will be helpful in your research. If you have any trouble finding these sources, please ask a librarian for help. Good Luck! Any comments or suggestions are welcome!
RCC Library Home Page: Most materials found in this research guide are available at the library's home page.

  • Please contact Ted, tintarabumrung@rcc.mass.edu, if you have any questions concerning this guide or research.
  • Assignment 1 ( one page, 10 point): Write an editorial that gives a strong opinion about a topic discussed in a newspaper article addressing your community.



The on-line catalog provides access to the Library's collection of approximately 40,000 books, periodicals and audio-visual titles. These resources may be used to find information for assignments or general interest.
Tutorial for searching catalog and ordering books from Metro Boston Library Network (includes Boston Public Library)

Suggested Books
The Death and Life of Great Amercian Cities by Jane Jacobs. Call Number: HT167 .J33 1992

Who Owns History? Rethinking the Past in a Changing World by Eric Foner. Call Number: E175.9 .F66 2002

The Birth of City Planning in the United States, 1840-1917 by Jon A. Peterson. Call Number: HT167 .P47 2003

Cities of Tomorrow: an Intellectual History of Urban Planning and Design in the 20th Century by Peter Hall. Call Number: HT167 .H349 1992

A Declaration of Independence: Why Amerca Should Join the World by Will Hunt. Call Number: HC240 .H85 2003

Urban Land Use Planning, edited by Edward Kaiser and others. Call Number: HT167 .K28 1995

New African American Urban History by Kenneth W. Goings and Raymond A. Mohl. Call Number: HT384 .U5N49 1996

Literary Interpretation
Jazz by Toni Morrison, RCC library has interpretative and comprehensive information related to Jazz.

The Toni Morrison Encyclopedia. Call Number: REF PS3563 .O8749 Z913 2003

Critical Companion to Toni Morrison: A Literary Reference to Her Life and Work by Carmen Gillespie. Call Number: REF 3563 .O8744 Z653 2008

Good Search Terms to use: words or phrase

  • city planning and new york city
  • city planning and boston
  • urban environment and new york city
  • urban environment and boston

Reference Books

  • The Sage Handbook of Prejudice, Stereotyping and Discrimination, Ref HM1091 .S24 2010
  • Encyclopedia of Human Geography, Ref GF4 .P58 2004
  • The World Almanac and Book of Facts 2011, Ref AY67 .N5W7 2011

Electronic Books

The library has recently added 20,000 online books from the vendor Ebrary. This is the “community college” collection, of interest to students and faculty at 2-year colleges. All books are simultaneously available to all RCC users.


Browse these paper journals and magazines in the library's first floor periodicals section for articles about environmental impacts on communities.
  • Black Enterprise
  • Fortune
  • Bloomberg Businessweek
  • Time
  • National Geographic
  • The New Yorker



Access to millions of journal, magazine, newspaper and reference source articles through our research databases.

Selected Articles: Literary Articles about Jazz by Toni Morrison

Blumenthal, Rachel. "Improvisational Soloists In Morrison's JAZZ." //Explicator// 65.4 (2007): 240-241. //Academic Search Premier//. Web. 17 Nov. 2011.

Cannon, Elizabeth M. "Following The Traces Of Female Desire In Toni Morrison's Jazz." //African American Review// 31.2 (1997): 235. //Academic Search Premier//. Web. 17 Nov. 2011.

Fitzgerald, Jennifer. "Signifyin(G) On Determinism: Commodity, Romance And Bricolage In Toni Morrison's Jazz." //LIT: Literature Interpretation Theory// 12.4 (2001): 381. //Academic Search Premier//. Web. 17 Nov. 2011.

Kim, Yeonman. "Involuntary Vulnerability And The Felix Culpa In Toni Morrison's Jazz." //Southern Literary Journal// 33.2 (2001): 124. //Academic Search Premier//. Web. 17 Nov. 2011.

Knadler, Stephen. "Domestic Violence In The Harlem Renaissance: Remaking The Record In Nella Larsen's "Passing" And Toni Morrison's "Jazz.." //African American Review// 38.1 (2004): 99-118. //Academic Search Premier//. Web. 17 Nov. 2011.

Lesoinne, Veronique. "Answer Jazz's Call: Experiencing Toni Morrison's Jazz." //Melus// 22.3 (1997): 151. //Academic Search Premier//. Web. 17 Nov. 2011.

Marie, Anne, and Paquet Deyris. "Toni Morrison's Jazz And The City." //African American Review// 35.2 (2001): 219. //Academic Search Premier//. Web. 17 Nov. 2011.

Mitchell, Angeyn. "`Sth, I Know That Woman': History, Gender, And The South In Toni Morrison's Jazz." //Studies In The Literary Imagination// 31.2 (1998): 49. //Academic Search Premier//. Web. 17 Nov. 2011.

Treherne, Matthew. "Figuring In, Figuring Out: Narration And Negotiation In Toni Morrison's Jazz." //Narrative// 11.2 (2003): 199. //Academic Search Premier//. Web. 17 Nov. 2011.

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Diversity Studies Collection,
A must-have for social science, history and liberal arts coursework, this collection explores cultural differences, contributions and influences in our global community. This set includes 150 journals.

U.S. History in Context,
History Resource Center: U.S. provides integrated access to over 4,000 historical (primary) documents, articles from more than 30 reference titles, and over 110 full-text journal covering themes, events, individuals and periods in U.S. history from pre-Colonial times to the present.

Ethnic Newswatch
Access the full text of Spanish-, English-language and bilingual newspapers, magazines, and journals plus other multicultural publications from the ethnic, minority, and native press through Ethnic NewsWatch.

Streaming Videos

Full length and segment videos from Films On Demand.

Films On Demand

Web sites

There are many good [insert topic] web sites on the internet. These web sites have been evaluated by library staff. Remember to always evaluate internet resources. To find out more about evaluating web sites, Lesley Universityhas a very good guide.

Search Engines

Web sites

Citing Sources: Style Guides

APA Style TutorialDuke Library Guide to Assembling a List of Works CitedLaguardia Community College Library MLA and APA citation styleThe Owl at Purdue: APA Formatting and Style GuideThe Owl at Purdue: MLA 2009 Formatting and Style Guide

Evaluation of Information Sources

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General Library Information

Research guide prepared on 10-04-11 by Ted Intarabumrung, tintarabumrung@rcc.mass.edu