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ENGL 109H (Spring 2017)

This guide will help you successfully complete assignments for ENGL 109H

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Nicole Pagowsky
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Main Library A208
(520) 349-8256

Activity 1: Welcome to the UA Libraries!

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

Activity 2: Research is a Conversation

Watch the video below to learn about how engaging in research is like entering a new conversation.

Activity 3: Select and Focus Your Topic

Watch the video below and complete the Joining the Research Conversation exercise. 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.
  • Review the questions you answered in activity 2 about entering into a research conversation. Keep these questions in mind as you start to think about your topic.

Activity 4: Look for Additional Resources

Activity 5: 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.