ENG 101: Composition Honors

Professor Name Judith Kahalas

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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 Kahalas has given you an assignment to research information on your selected topics under the subject area 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.

Below are the selective list of resources appropriate for your subject areas.
  • RCC Library Home Page: Most materials found in this research guide are available at the library's home page.
  • Totsaporn Intarabumrung, tintarabumrung@rcc.mass.edu : 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 MBLN

Good Search Terms to use: words or phrase

"School Desegregation"; "Busing to schools"
"Community Colleges"
"Achievement Gaps" and "across Cultures"; "academic achievement" and "ethinicity"
"Education" and "Third World Countries"; "education" and "developing countries"

Selected RCC Books

Under the subjects: School Desegregation; Community Colleges; Achievement Gaps across Cultures; Education in the Third World Countries.
Achieving Racial Balance: Case Studies of Contemporary School Desegragation by Sondra Stave, Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1995. LC214.2 .S73 1995
Beyond Desegregation: Urgent Issues in the Education of Minorities: Papers from the Series of Seminars on Critical Problems and Issues in the Education of Minorities by Will Antell, NY: College Entrance Examination Board, 1978. LC3731 .B49
BostonAgainstBusing.jpgBoston Against Busing: Race, Class, and Ethnicity in the 1960s and 1970s by Ronald P. Formisano, Chapel Hill, NC; University of North Carolina Press, 2004. LC214.523 .B67 F67 2004
Desegregation_in_Boston_and_Buffalo.gifDesegregation in Boston and Buffalo: the Influence of Local Leaders by Steven Taylor, Albany, NY: State University of New York Press, c1998. LC214.23 .B67 T396 1998
Getting around Brown: Desegregation, Development, and the Columbus Public Schools by Gregory S. Jacobs, Columbus, OH: Ohio State University Press, 1997. LC214.23 .C65 J33 1997
Inequality: a Reassessment of the Effect of Family and Schooling in America by Christopher Jencks, NY: Basic Books, 1972. LC 205 .J46 1972
National Profile of Community Colleges: Trends and Statistics by K. A. Phillippe and L. G. Sullivan, 4th ed., Washington, DC: Community College Press, 2005. LB2328.15 .U6 N38 2005
Other_Boston.jpgOther Boston Busing Story: What's won and Lost across the Boundary Line by Susan E. Eaton, New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2001. LC214.523 .B67 E38 2001

Reference Books

  • Dictionary
Dictionary of Education, prepared under the Auspices of Phi Delta Kappa, edited by Carter V. Good, NY: McGraw-Hill Book, [1973]. Ref. LB15 .G6 1973
  • Encyclopedias
Encyclopedia of American Education, by Harlow G. Unger, NY: Facts On File, 1996. Ref. LB17 .U54 1996
Encyclopedia of Special Education: a Reference for the Education of the Handicapped and Other Exceptional Children and Adults, edited by Cecil R. Reynolds and Elaine Fletcher-Janzen, NY: John Wiley & Sons, 2000. Ref. LC4007 .E53 2000
  • Handbooks
Community College
Community Colleges: a Reference Handbook, by David L. Levinson, Denver, CO: ABC-CLIO, 2005. Ref. LB2328.15 .U6L49 2005
Handbook on the Community College in America: its History, Mission, and Management, edited by George A. Baker III, Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1994. Ref. LB2328.15 .U6 H36 1994


Browse these paper journals and magazines in the library's first floor periodicals section for articles about the subject areas above.
  • Black Collegian
  • Community College Journal of Research and Practice
  • Equity & Excellence in Education
  • Journal of Educational Psychology
  • Journal of Educational Research
  • Journal of Negro Education
  • NEA (National Education Association)Today
  • Change: Magazine of Higher Learning


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 (21,000 article mentioning "human rights", 3,200 articles mentioning genocide, 2,700 mentioning torture and 900 using "human rights" and war.Tutorial

Provides full-text articles and primary documents related to school desegregation.

Provides 327 search results of peer-reviewed articles under "community colleges"; 13 under the search string,"education" and "third world" and "countries".
Off Campus
Provides 9162 full-text peer-reviewed articles under phrase search, "community colleges"; 10 under search query, "achievement gaps" and "ethnicity"; 70 under "education" and "third world" and countries"
Provides 2071 search results of peer-reviewed articles under phrase search, "community colleges"; 69 under search query , "academic achievement" and "ethnicity"; 34 under "education" and "third world" and "countries"

Web sites

There are many good 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.

Achieving the Dream: Community Colleges Count

Alternative Education

  • Alternative Education, prividing information sources and some training modules for alternative education. This web site is compiled by San Jose State University.

Boston: School Desegregation Records

  • School Desegregation Records, created by the Archives and Records Management, Office of the City Clerk, City of Boston. Providing finding aids for the desegregation records.

Community College Research Center

Government Documents

  • USASearch, providing a tool for locating information created and posted online by US government agencies.

Massachusetts Department of Education

Metco Program

  • Metco Program, providing Metco news archives and its information on funding and School District Metco listings.

UNESCO: Education

Working Class: Education

Open Access Journals

Basic Research Help

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General Library Information**

Research guide prepared on 03.05.09 by Ted Intarabumrung: tintarabumrung@rcc.mass.edu