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ENGL 1020: Research & Argumentative Writing: Instructor Resources

Questions about these Resources?

If you are an instructor and have questions about this guide or its resources, please contact Kristen West (k.west@mtsu.edu).

English 1020 Welcome Video

This short video (3:43) highlights library resources and services relevant for English 1020 students, including the English 1020 research guide, contactless book checkout, textbooks on reserve, laptop borrowing, etc. Updated Fall 2020. Direct link to the video: https://youtu.be/gmYzzpVmumo

Library Resources for English 1020

This video describes three MTSU Library resources for research: the JEWL Search, Opposing Viewpoints, and Statista. These resources are particularly useful for students taking English 1020, Research & Argumentative Writing. (length: 11:03)

JEWL Search Videos

Learn how to use the JEWL Search to find research materials on any topics. We cover source types, finding peer-reviewed articles, and how to narrow your topic (length: 12:20).

This video covers the basics of using the JEWL Search in just a little over a minute. (1:10)

Choosing a Topic

Can't decide which topic to choose for your research paper or speech? Already have a topic, but it's too broad? We have resources to help you choose from hundreds of interesting topics. Featured tools include Opposing Viewpoints and CQ Researcher from  the Choosing a Topic Research Guide.

ENGL 1020 Student Worksheet

Sample Email or D2L Post to Share with Students

Instructors can cut and paste this wording into a D2L news item, discussion post, or an email. Please contact Kristen West (k.west@mtsu.edu) if you would like help crafting a customized announcement.


MTSU’s Walker Library has an English 1020 guide dedicated to library databases and other resources most useful for finding evidence and outside sources for English 1020 assignments.

I encourage you to watch this four-minute video that introduces the English 1020 guide and highlights some of the databases you will want to consult.

Librarians are available to help you find articles, books, and other sources. Visit the library's first floor reference desk to get help, or use the online chat or email options at http://libanswers.mtsu.edu/.

In addition to the databases and resources on the English 1020 guide, the library offers access to hundreds of other article and research databases. You can consult a relevant Library Research Guide to identify useful databases for your topic.

Many of the library’s books, articles, videos and music are available online. If you find you need a print/hard copy item from the library’s collections, the library offers contactless checkout and a pull and hold service. 

This short video introduces the other library resources and services that will be most useful to you in English 1020 this semester.