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ENGL 2A: (Jalal Spring 2021)

Introduction to today's class

For the Final Critical Research Paper, you are asked to support your thesis with a "minimum of five unique scholarly sources" (from the assignment description, second to last paragraph). You are also reminded that you should be "cognizant of counterpoints to your ideas and include a conscious acknowledgement of multiple perspectives" (from the assignment description, third to last paragraph).

Learning to use the SCU Library resources available to you is a basic skill that you will be using during your entire course of studies. The more practice you have using these resources, the more understanding you have of the available content included in these resources, the better researcher you will become, and the more sophisticated your work will be. While learning to use Library resources effectively is not rocket science, there are tips and tricks that, if you know them, will make your research more effective and efficient, and save you a great deal of time.

When students first begin doing serious, university level, research for course assignments such as the Critical Research Paper you are about to begin working on, a question many ask is: Why use Library resources to obtain scholarly articles instead of simply using a free search engine such as Google? After all, Google is simple to use, and there are scholarly articles available for free.

Let's spend a couple of minutes discussing this question before we get into the exercises.

During today's class you will be working on 3 Exercises:

Exercise 1: Begin to develop your thesis. This can be an idea you already have in mind and would like to write about for your Final Critical Paper, or an entirely new idea, and not necessarily something you plan to write about. For this exercise, the important thing is that you come up with a thesis idea - no matter how vague and tentative - that you can use for Exercises #2 and #3. You will then identify the important concepts in your thesis idea, and translate these concepts into keywords that can be used to search OneSearch. 

Exercise 2: Use the SCU Library's OneSearch search engine to find scholarly articles relevant to your thesis idea from exercise #1.

Exercise 3: Use at least one of the Library's journal databases to find scholarly articles relevant to your thesis idea. You will do the same thing as in exercise #2, but this time using one of the many journal databases available on the SCU Library's website. The journal database(s) you use will depend, in part, on your topic.

Today's Learning Objectives

Be able to find relevant scholarly articles using SCU Library's OneSearch.

Be able to find relevant scholarly articles using SCU Library's journal databases.

OK. Let's get to the exercises.