Library Skills for Students of English Composition: Home

This is a basic library guide for students on how to find books, journal articles and other resources in Buley library for assignments and research papers.

Useful Information

Library Hours

One-on-One Instruction Request

Subject Librarians

Text-a-Librarian

Scanners
Two scanners are available on the main floor of the library, one at the Reference Desk and the other near the printers. A third scanner is available on the ground floor of Buley Library. Students can scan and send to their email, save to USB, or print scanned items at the Pharos print station. There is no charge for scanning but printing is 8 cents for double-sided.

What's in this Guide?

You have been asked to write a research paper for your English class.
Where do you begin?
How do you come up with the right topic?
Where can you find credible information about your topic?
Are there books or journal/newspaper articles on your topic?
What is an argumentative paper?
What is an annotated bibliography?
How do you cite your sources in the MLA style?
This guide will answer all of your questions. Proceed by clicking the relevant tabs on the top.

The contents of this guide are listed below:

  • Selecting a Topic
    • How to narrow your topic
    • Search terms for your topic
  • Using CONSULS to Find Books
    • Keyword and Subject Searches
    • Basic and Advanced Searching
    • Requesting books from a CSU library
  • Finding Journal Articles
    • General Databases
    • Subject Databases
  • Finding Journals in Buley Library
    • Types of Periodicals
    • How to Identify Types of Periodicals
  • Finding Newspaper Articles
  • Evaluating Web Resources
  • Citing Sources in the MLA format
  • Annotated Bibliography
  • Argument Essay
  • Library Quiz

Literature Librarian

Winnie Shyam
Contact:
122G Buley Library
(203) 392-5762
Shyamw1@southernct.edu