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Using This Library Guide

This library guide has been designed to help you complete your English Composition II research assignment:

Use the tabs to move through the library guide. Pull down the menu on each tab to see all content.

After reviewing this guide, you will be able to:

  • Select a research topic
  • Develop a research question and thesis statement
  • Search library resources to find information for your topic
  • Evaluate resources to determine their quality and relevance for your topic and the assignment
  • Organize your research and incorporate sources into your work
  • Cite your sources
  • Know what plagiarism is and how to avoid it

The Get Help tab at the end provides many resources that are available to you — both online or in person — for answers to any questions you have.

Important First Step: Get or Renew Your Library Card!

Before proceeding further, obtain or renew your library card to ensure that you have access to the online resources from off campus.

What Is Research? *

Research is a process of discovery.*

It is the effort to:

  • Develop a critical question
  • Give your own perspective on the issue
  • Draw upon sources (both primary and secondary) to support your conclusion
Research requires the search for sources, but goes far beyond a summary of information. It involves:
  • Your own interpretation of the issue
  • The particular information that you have found
  • A discussion of what is significant and important to the issue

* From "What Is Research" by Paul Morris, Chair of the Nazareth College History Department (Lorette Wilmot Library, Nazareth College):

Considering Only the Web for Your Research?

Keep in mind that many academic resources are only available on the web for a fee.

The college, however,  has many academic resources for your assignments that are provided to you for free as a student at Camden County College.

If you were to find these resources on the web, you would receive the following information when you want to see the entire text of the article:

Article Fees

Select the tabs above to learn more about the free academic resources available to you!

View Video - "What Is Research?"

The Limits of Googling*

Being in college requires you to:

  • Develop new strategies for finding and using information
  • Change how you approach gathering information
  • Change how you select your topic
  • Frame your research question in more complex ways
  • Use more authoritative sources of information to develop your answers

Why not Google?

  • Your professors expect scholarly, authoritative sources for college assignments
  • Scholarly resources frequently have fees and will most likely not be found in a Google search
  • Although Google Scholar provides scholarly articles, many of these can only be accessed for a fee
  • Since Google only searches free websites, a quality control process is not always in place for the information you find

Why college resources can best help you with your assignments

  • A process of selection and screening ensures that information is authoritative and reliable
  • Librarians and professors have chosen these publications specifically for scholarly and academic uses

More reasons why college resources are your best choice

  • These sources are free to you as a student  — and single articles often can cost between $20 and $50!

  • Information that has been “approved for your use” can be a timesaver
  • High-quality materials may just help you to get that higher grade!

Check out the library resources – you will be glad that you did!

* Adapted from "What's Wrong with Research by Google-ing?" (Lorette Wilmot Library, Nazareth College):

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