The University of Arizona

ENGL 102/108 (Spring 2017)

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Nicole Pagowsky
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Main Library A208
(520) 349-8256

Write & Cite Award

Contact Lori Strazza at strazzal@email.arizona.edu to reserve the Library classroom

Welcome to the UA Libraries!

Complete this library orientation game to get familiar with the Main Library and the services that are available to you

  • Get in groups of 2-3 and either use someone in your group's own tablet or smartphone to play, or check out a tablet or laptop from the library at the first floor help desk. Come into the Main Library anytime it is open to complete the activity. Approximate amount of time each activity is: 15-20 minutes. Results will be shared with your instructor.

Evaluating sources activity

Complete this activity to try evaluating a source together as a class or in groups. Getting practice in determining what range of quality a source has will help make your searching easier when you start researching your own topic.

Select and focus your topic

Watch the video below (certain sections of Eng 101 might have already watched this as part of an activity, so just refresh your memory if that's the case); and complete the Joining the Research Conversation exercise below. By completing these activities, you will have your topic selected and have located a few resources to use by the end of the third week of the assignment.

To get started on the exercise:

  • Complete the Academic Search Complete Tutorial to get familiar with at least one database to start searching. Students struggle with these interfaces at times, but once you get the hang of it, many databases have similar features and you’ll be able to move more seamlessly between them.
  • Open the resources tab on the course guide so that you will have all the tools you need.

Think about how citations fit into the research conversation

Look over this refresher on using citations. You will be using MLA or APA style in this course.

Read this article: Hundreds Fail to Spot Plagiarism.

Directions for your own citations in this course:

  • Ask your instructor which citation style you will be using. The UA Libraries provide citation guides for:
  • Along with following a format for this course, you should understand that there are different citation styles to follow in different disciplines. You will need to learn a style and use it in your projects as you progress through your education. Keep these ideas in mind when using citations:
    • Think about how citations allow you to make bigger connections between what you have learned through research and your own ideas as you write.
    • Complete the Accidental plagiarism tutorial to learn when, why, and how to cite your sources in your papers.

 

Look for additional resources

Locate additional resources and to continue drafting your paper.