A great place to start your on-line research is an encyclopedia. You need to know the basics: who, what, when, where, before you can begin researching the why, the how and what it all means. Use Encyclopedia Britanica or Wickipedia as a great introduction to most topics. Read the whole article. Write down some vocabulary and then try:
1. EBSCO DISCOVERY SERVICE (for journals, reference books)
2. LITERATURE RESOURCE CTR (good scholarly criticism)
3. GALE VIRTUAL REFERENCE LIBRARY (for ebooks & reference articles)
BOOKS & E-BOOKS
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Your Research Assignment
Sophomore English Research Paper: app. 5 - 7 pages; include a bibliography in MLA style). See your teacher for specific requirements on number of sources and types. Almost everything you need can be found through the SAA On-line Resource page. But don't forget to ask a librarian for help. We love research projects.
These specially selected databases are the equivalent of books. They are selected for their high academic and editorial standards.
TRY: The Gale Virtual Reference Library --full-text reference/research books ready to use and easy to access! (Count as books!)
OR TRY: The Ebsco Discovery Service and search across almost all of our trusted SAA databases with one search.