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ENGL 1010: Expository Writing: Background

Choosing a Topic -- Looking for Ideas

Specialized databases and websites explain issues within broader contexts and from differing viewpoints. This helps with understanding the "big picture" and can often help with forming ideas for narrowing topics.

Background Information -- Reference Collections

Need to look up a term, name, place, or event?  Reference collections are great places to START the research process.  Results are authoritative and trustworthy.  Bonus--most include formatted citations at the bottom of each entry!

Writing Center

The Writing Center is located in Walker Library, room 362.  Visit or call 904.8237 to schedule an appointment.

Course Reserves

Textbooks, assigned readiings, practice tests, etc.  Items are for use within the library for short check-out periods.  You can scan or photocopy important pages!

Group Study Rooms

Need to Reserve a Group Study Room?  Just use online booking!

*Group study rooms on the 4th floor may be reserved up to a week in advance.

*Study rooms on the 2nd and 3rd floors are available on a first come, first served basis.


Many thanks to Karen Dearing for creating this guide.