Skip to main content

ENG 101: English Composition I - Gray: Home

Librarian Live Chat

chat loading...

RCC Library

1234 Columbus Avenue
Building 3, Room 211
Boston, MA 02120
Phone: 617-541-5323
Fax: 617-933-7476
Email: library1@rcc.mass.edu

Search the Web

English Composition I: Professor Rhonda Gray

    

                   Harvey Weinstein                  Melissa Harris-Perry                    Lupita Nyong'o

Welcome to the research guide for ENG 099/101 with Professor Rhonda Gray. This guide is designed to help you locate research materials for Essay 3: Centralizing Sisters. It includes scholarly sources and popular media. If you have any trouble finding these sources or have suggestions for relevant materials that may be included in the guide, please contact a librarian!

This guide is the result of an independent research project spearheaded by Prof. Gray with the support of Cornelia Schultz (class of 2017) and Aeffia Feuerstein (class of 2018). Both students are members of RCC’s Honors Program.

Selecting Sources for Research Papers

Kinds of Sources

Information comes from many places. We may get information from books, the news, or social media.

When using information for an academic task, such as a research paper, some sources may be more helpful than others. The library provides access to the following kinds of sources:

  • Scholarly articles (peer reviewed research from academic journals)
  • Books
  • Ebooks 
  • News and magazine articles
  • Reference books, such as encyclopedias and dictionaries
  • Streaming videos

Choosing scholarly sources (such as scholarly articles) for your research assignments is an important part of the research process. 

Evaluating Sources

When you locate a source that you  may want to use in your research, you should first make sure that the source is reliable, up to date, and relevant to your research topic. No matter what your source type (scholarly article, book, encyclopedia, etc.), ask yourself the following questions?

  • When was this source published? Is the information outdated, or is it still up to date? (Currency)
  • Who created this source, and what are their qualifications? Are they an expert on the topic? (Authority)
  • Is the information true? Can you fact-check it? (Accuracy)
  • Does the source help you answer your research question? Is it a relevant source? (Relevance)
  • Why was this information published? To inform you? To sell you something? To convince you? (Purpose)

Asking these questions will help you choose the best sources for your paper.

Librarian

Jessica  Hinson-Williams's picture
Jessica Hinson-Williams
Contact:
Roxbury Community College Library
Room 211 Academic Building
1234 Columbus Ave
Boston, MA 02120-3400
Phone: 857-701-1396

Library Hours

Monday - Thursday: 7:30 - 9:00

Friday: 7:30 - 4:30

Saturday: 8:30 - 3:00