Course: Eng 102 English Comp II

Professor Barbara Melnick
Instruction Librarian Ted Intarabumrung

This guide is designed to help you research issues below. 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.

Controversial Issues for Exploration in a Reseach Paper
  • The legalization of marijuana
  • The assassination of Malcolm X
  • The assassinatin of Martin Luther King
  • The assassinatin of John Kennedy, Jr.
  • The distribution of sterile needles to intravenous drug users as a means of controlling the spread of AIDS
  • Smoking in public places
  • Handgun control
  • Prayer in public schools
  • Casino gambling in Massachusetts
  • The use of Nurse Practitioners
  • The controversy over HRT - Hormone Replacement Therapy
  • Rap music lyrics
  • Efforts to reform welfare
  • Affirmative action and college adminission policies

Learning Objectives

Given this presentation, the learners could:
  • Retrieve information related to their topics from books in printed and electronic formats, and articles of newspapers and magazines from the RCC Library-subscribed databases

  • Document the selected information sources for a list of works cited in MLA style.



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)

Good Search Terms to use: words or phrase

  • assassination and John Kennedy
  • assassination and Martin Luther King
  • assassination and Malcom X
  • needles and drug users and AIDS
  • smoking and public places
  • handgun and control
  • prayer and public schools
  • casino and gambling and massachusetts
  • use and american indian logos
  • massachusetts and collect and child support
  • use and nurse practitioners
  • hormone replacement therapy
  • rap music and lyrics
  • reform welfare
  • affirmation action and college admissions

New Books


, call number:

Reference Books

Credo Reference, Through the Credo Reference database, RCC students can gain access to any of a possible 2,977,685 entries, from 284 titles and 57 publishers

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 [insert topic]
  • New Times
  • Newsweek


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

Facts On File: Issues & Controversies, Helps researchers understand the crucial issues we face today, exploring more than 800 hot topics in business, politics, government, education, and popular culture. Updated weekly, with links to a 12-year back-file, Issues and Controversies offers in-depth articles made to inspire thought-provoking debates. This database is great for research papers and debate prep.

Facts On File: Issues & Controversies in American History, With Issues and Controversies in American History, history comes to life not as a mere recitation of names and dates, but as a series of turning points where the future hung in the balance and opinions raged on all sides. This database builds a deeper understanding of how historical events have shaped our nation by exploring the key players and the battles they fought. Each in-depth exploration delivers dynamic, concise, and balanced reporting that provides the background, outcomes, and contemporary points of view for the major topics in every American history curriculum.

Gale Opposing Viewpoints in Context, An engaging online experience for those seeking contextual information and opinions on hundreds of today's hottest social issues. Drawing on the acclaimed Greenhaven Press series, the new solution features continuously updated viewpoint articles, topic overviews, full-text magazines, academic journals, news articles, primary source documents, statistics, images, videos, audio files and links to vetted websites organized into a user-friendly portal experience.

Pop Culture Universe, An authoritative, yet irresistible, digital library of information on American and world popular culture, past and present—in a package as dynamic as the topic it covers.

Academic Search Premier
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.)

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.

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 3-4-11 by Ted Intarabumrung: