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ENGL 0364 -- Prof. Ward

The purpose of this research guide is to help students in Prof. Ward's ENGL 0364 classes to write persuasive essays on the possibility of future human exploration of the Moon.


What Are Your Keywords?

Prof. Ward says that your topic is about "humans returning to the moon again". As the video above explains, you need to develop keywords to use as search terms. I suggest the following:

  • return and moon

Note that keywording is not a one-step process. As you explore the topic, you'll discover new information that suggests other keywords. For example, I learned that NASA's current moon program is called Artemis. Thus we could search for:

  • NASA and Artemis
  • Artemis and moon

You may also learn that China has made huge strides in space exploration, including sending automated missions to the Moon. Thus you could search for:

  • China and Moon

Intro to Databases

Introduction to the Databases

It is now time to look for in-depth sources of information about your topic. For this purpose, we will use the library's databases. Have you used the library's databases before? If not, then I suggest watching this brief video tutorial before you proceed.


Search Credo Reference

How to Search Credo Reference

Credo Reference is a database of reference books. It's a great place to begin many research tasks because the brief, concise articles in this database can teach you about your research topic before you explore more complex and detailed information sources about your topic. You can also use the articles in Credo Reference as sources of information for your research paper. The above video shows you how to search it.

Look down for a link to the database.

Search Academic Search Complete

How to Search Academic Search Complete

Another database that you should search is Academic Search Complete, which is a database of newspaper, magazine, and scholarly journal articles on many different subjects. The video above shows you how to search it. Look down for a link to the database.

How to Search US Major Dailies

US Major Dailies is a database of major American newspapers. Try searching it for articles published within the past three years. Use your keywords as search terms.

Specific Information Sources to Consider for This Assignment

MLA Documentation

How to Cite Your Sources in MLA

You must cite your sources according to the MLA style of documentation.

This is our video that introduces MLA documentation. I urge you to watch the entire video carefully before starting to write your paper. It is much easier to cite correctly as you go along, rather than try to fix your documentation after you have written your paper.

This is our sample paper. You can model the formatting of your paper after this one. If you are unsure how to set up the formatting in Microsoft Word so that it fits the requirements for MLA formatting, you could instead download this blank Word document that has the formatting already set up for you.

This is our 2-page handout that summarizes the MLA style. It includes most of the types of sources that students commonly use.

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