Bristol Community College

Bristol Community College
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ENG090 - Basic Writing Skills

Eng 090 : Professor Diana McGee,
Email Address : dmcgee@bristol.mass.edu,
Campus Extension : 2962


This Course Guide is designed to assist you with assignments and research for Diana McGee's ENG 090, Basic Writing Skills classes.

If you need assistance using any of the sources or need help finding additional information, please contact a reference librarian either by stopping by the LRC, calling 508-678-2811 x2108, or using our Online Reference form.

 
 Research Project

I.  Select a research question of interest from the list of choices handed out by Prof. McGee.

II.  Select and print two articles focused on your research question from the periodical databases at the LRC.

     *articles should be from journals, magazines, or newspapers
     *articles should be between 3 and 8 pages long, excluding source information
     *articles should be dated appropriately, preferably with an author provided
     *articles should be informative, clear and detailed, with good examples.  Be sure the articles provide the details that answer the research question you have chosen.

Please refer to MLA Documentation of Sources on a Works Cited Page for information on how to cite your sources.

 Introduction

Choose one of the links below, and search for your topic in a database. Each database provides articles from magazines, newspapers and journals. 

To search efficiently, you need to select key concepts from your research question.  Then, connect these words using "and".  Examples follow in the database listing.

As you read through your list of results, be sure to keep in mind the criteria listed above. Be patient, as some articles will be useful, while others will contain your search words but in different and unrelated contexts. When you find an article that seems suitable, look through the whole thing to determine length, because the page listing in the citation can be misleading. 
 

 Periodical Databases

Databases are accessible from off campus to patrons who have a valid accessBCC card unless otherwise specified.

Expanded Academic ASAP
For example, if your question involves the Great Sphinx of Egypt, click in the entry box and type the key words:
Sphinx and Egypt.

Then click below in the first little box to "limit the results to documents with full text."


General Reference Center Gold
(same search strategy as above) 

Academic Search Premier    
For example, if your research question involves life in Pompeii before the volcano eruption, type in the entry box the key words: Pompeii and life.

Don't forget to click further down in the little box to "limit your results" to "full text".


MasterFile Premier
  
For example, if your research question involves exportation of American jobs to other countries, type in the entry box the key words: American jobs and outsourcing. 

Don't forget to click further down in the little box to "limit your results" to "full text".

Health Source: Consumer Edition
For example, if your research question involves concerns associated with genetically altered food, type in the entry box the key words:  genetically modified foods and concerns. 

Don't forget to click further down in the little box to "limit your results" to "full text".

Health Reference Center Academic
For example, if your research question involves swimming with dolphins, click in the entry box and type the key words:
swimming and dolphins.

Then, click below in the first little box to "limit the results to documents with full text."

Lexis-Nexis News
For example, if your research question involves negative effects of tourism on Angkor Wat, and you want a newspaper article, follow these steps.

Step one:  In the drop down menu to "Select a News Category", select "General News".

Step two:  In the drop down menu to "Select a News Source", select "Major Papers".

Step three:  In the first search box, type: Angkor Wat. In the drop down menu on the right select "Headline, Lead Paragraph(s) Terms." 

In the second search box, type: tourism:  In the drop down menu on the right select "Full Text"


In the third search box, type: tourists.  In the drop down menu on the left, select "or" and on the right, select "Full Text".

By doing this, you are requesting articles with "Angkor Wat" in the headline and opening paragraph of the article, and "tourism" or "tourists" in the body of the article.

Step four:  In the drop down menu to "Narrow to a specific date range", select Previous Five years.  Then, click on the Search button.  As you view your results, you will see that there is a word count for each article.  This will help you to select one of suitable length.