Course: Class Title (Eng 101 English Comp I)

Professor Daniel Smolens

Today's discussion...
1. What are the library sources available to complete your assignment?
2. What are the differences between them?
3. How many sources do you need to identify?
4. How do you plan to conduct your research, sort through the information need, select the most appropriate items, and evaluate the credibility of the information sources?
5. What keywords will you use to retrieve the information from the established database systems?

Today's Reseach Goal

Professor Smolens has given you an assignment to research information on your selected topics under the subject areas below. This requires research into basic facts about history and current situations, and facts that apply the selected topics alone.
You are encouraged to use both print and electronic resources for the assignment related today's session. We advise you to visit the library often with time enough to exhaust the RCC library resources and tools designed to support your assignment accomplishment.

Subject Areas

  • Reparations for Japanese Internees of World War II
  • The Brown vs. Board of Education Court Decision
  • U.S. Policy toward the Haitian Boat People
  • Suicide in the U.S. (high percentage among young people, also young blacks)
  • The History of the Tuskegee Airmen
  • AIDS in Africa
  • Gun Violence in the U.S. and legislation aimed to reduce it

This guide is designed to help you research English Composition I topics. 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.
  • Ted Intarabumrung, Please contact me if you have any questions concerning this guide or research.



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 BPL)

Good Search Terms to use: words or phrase

  • "prisoner of war' and "japan" and "reparations"
  • "brown" and "board of education"
  • "suicide" and U.S. and "teenagers" and "blacks"
  • "U.S. policy" and "haitian boat people"
  • "tuskegee airmen" and "history"
  • "aids" and "africa"
  • "gun violence" and "U.S." and "legislation"

Reference Books (Electronic Reference Books)

  • Credo Reference On Campus, providing comprehensive and factual information published in both general and subject dictionaries and encyclopedias online. This database access Off Campus requires active RCC library barcode. Need the RCC barcode; please visit the circulation desk.


Browse these paper journals and magazines in the library's first floor periodicals section for articles about [insert topic]
  • Black History
  • Contemporary Literature
  • Criminal Justice Studies: A Critical Journal of Crime, Law and Society
  • Criminal Justice Review
  • Criminal Justice and Behavior
  • Journal of African American History
  • Newsweek
  • U.S. News & World Report


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

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 University has a very good guide.

Web sites

Open Access journals

Basic Research Help

Please click the Ask a Librarian icon if you have any questions concerning these guides, need help finding material for your research or any general questions you might have.

General Library Information

Research guide prepared on [insert date] by Ted Intarabumrung: