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ENGL 200 Level Research Guide for Online Students: Home

Research as a Conversation

Throughout your academic career at Campbell, your professors will challenge you to complete papers and projects which require research within scholarly sources.  So what does research involve?  One way to understand academic research is by thinking of it as a conversation.  You must listen carefully and hear what others say.  Research is no different.  In order to research well, you need to develop skills of reading carefully and analyzing critically what other scholars have written about your topic.  After fully understanding what others have said, you do not just want to mimic them by repeating their statements or ideas.  Instead, you want to be a good conversation partner and make contributions to the dialog.

Like you would in a conversation:

  • Choose a manageable topic.
  • Converse with knowledgeable people.  An exciting aspect of academic research is that you can share a dialog with great thinkers across time.
  • Pick your conversation partners wisely.  Do not settle for the first and most easily accessible information you can find when conducting research.

The library can help you pick the right kind of discussion partners.  Reputable discussion partners can be found in scholarly articles and scholarly books.  The Literary Criticism Tutorials tab on this guide contains instructional videos that cover how to search our library catalog and several online databases to find literary criticism. The British Literature I, British Literature II, American Literature, World Literature I, and World Literature II tabs contain additional suggestions for your research.

Remote Access to Library Resources

How do I log into subscription library resources, such as databases for finding articles or electronic journals?

Go straight to the resource(s) you'd like to access/search; when you click on a resource that's remotely-accessible, an authentication page will open where you can enter your Blackboard username and password (essentially the same login info that you use for Blackboard).

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This search displays, by title, the library's holdings for over 94,000 periodicals, including scholarly journals, popular magazines, and newspapers (such as Science, Time, and The Wall Street Journal).




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