ENG 102: English Composition II

Professor Leona Markiewicz


This guide is designed to help you research english comp. II 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.
  • William Hoag: 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

  • "Antigone"
  • "African Americans" and "social conditions" ( For articles; when searching for a specific time, use the time period in the search strategy, for example: "African Americans" and "social conditions" and 1950's.)
  • "African Americans" and "urbanization" or "African Americans" and "migration" ( Just like the above example, use specific search terms, such as "African Americans" and "urbanization" and "north" )
  • "Anger"


The African American Experience: E185 .T7688 2001

Our America: F548.9.N4 J66 1997

Black Exodus: E185.6 .B625 1991

Reference Books

General Reference

Crowell's Handbook of Classical Drama by Richmond Hathorn, New York : Crowell, 1967. Ref. PA3024 .H35
Fifty Key Classical Writers by Alison Sharrack, London; New York : Routledge, 2002. Ref. PA3002.Z5 S53 2002
Masterplots, Pasadena, Calif. : Salem Press, 1996. Ref. PN44 .M33 1996


Corseni Encyclopedia of Psychology and Behavioral Science, New York : Wiley, 2001. Ref. BF31 .E52 2001
Encyclopedia of African-American Culture and History, New York : Simon & Schuster, 1996. Ref. E185 .E54 1996
Encyclopedia of African American Society, Thousand Oaks, Calif. : Sage Publications, 2005. Ref. E185 .E546 2005
Encyclopedia of Psychology, New York : J. Wiley & Sons, Ref. BF31. E52 2001


Browse these paper journals and magazines in the library's first floor periodicals section for articles english comp. topics.
  • Contemporary Litature
  • Journal of African American History
  • Psychology Today


Access to millions of journal, magazine, newspaper and reference source articles through our research databases.
Provides full text for more than 3,800 scholarly publications covering academic areas of study including over 1,000 articles using the terms "African American" and "social conditions", 50 articles using the terms "African American youth" and cities, 100 articles using the terms "anger and consequences"
The African American Experience is the definitive electronic research tool for African American history and culture. Has over 1,200 articles using the terms "African Americans" and "social conditions" and over 500 articles using "African American youth" and "cities".
Credo Reference compiles encyclopedia and dictionary articles from various disciplines and subjects, such as English and Literature, Psychology, Law, Technology, and others. Contains over 3,000 entries on "anger" and "aggression."
Literary Reference Centerâ„¢ is a comprehensive database that provides users with a broad spectrum of information on thousands of authors and their works across literary disciplines and timeframes. Over 160 Literary criticism articles and biographical reference sources for "Antigone"

Web sites

There are many good research 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.

Search Engines

Web sites


African American social conditions / history


Citing Sources: Style Guides

APA Style Tutorial
Duke Library Guide to Assembling a List of Works Cited
Laguardia 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

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 10/27/07 by Wiliam Hoag: whoag@rcc.mass.edu
Updated on 12/21/09