DVE0001: Developmental English

Books in the Main Stacks

Below are keyword searches of the library catalog. The catalog searches our collection of books, electronic books, videos, and more.


Welfare reform

Steroids and sports

Teaching and Literacy

Water pollution

Circulating and available items can be borrowed on your Dowling ID.

For help finding books, visit our How-do-I page, or call the Reference Desk at 244–3282.

Citing Your Resources

Doing ethical research means citing sources. It is critical to credit writers for their work and their contributions to your research. To not do so is unethical and leads to plagiarism - unintentionally or not. Here are some sources to help you cite properly and to avoid the problem of plagiarism.

  • Citation of Sources
    This lists citation engines which help you create proper citations as well as providing information on different citation styles.
  • Tips on avoiding plagiarism
  • Turnitin
    Turnitin is a service that faculty and students use to detect and avoid plagiarism in their writing.
  • NoodleBib
    NoodleBib is an online resource that will help you format MLA and APA bibliographies, exporting them directly to your word processing program.

In the Reference Section

There are writing/style guides in the Reference area (first floor) that can supplement your textbook.

Hacker, D. (2003). Writer’s reference. Boston: Bedford/ St. Martin’s. REFERENCE (Oakdale) PE1408.H2778 2003b

Harris, R.A. (2003). Writing with clarity and style: a guide to rhetorical devices for contemporary writers. Los Angeles: Pyrczak. REFERENCE (Oakdale and B’haven) PE1421.H37 2000

Harris, R.A. (2005). Using sources effectively: strengthening your writing and avoiding plagiarism. Glendale, CA: Pyrczak. REFERENCE (Oakdale and B’haven) LB2369 H37 2005 (There is a second circulating copy of this book in Oakdale Main Stacks, as well.)

Strunk, W. (2000). Elements of style. New York: Longman. REFERENCE (Oakdale) PE1408.S772 2000

Also in reference:

Taking Sides, a series of debate readers. Each issue presents pro and con essays about contemporary, controversial issues. These books can help in researching a persuasive essay. Click here for a listing.

Find Articles

The search tool for finding articles is our collection of electronic databases. There are a variety of journal article databases to chose from, depending on your topic area.

Here is a listing of the library’s Databases by Subject.

If you are considering a couple of topics, or have chosen a broad topic, try searching in one of our Multi-Subject databases.

To see how your topic has been covered by the news media, search the Newspaper/Current Events databases.

To research a persuasive essay, the Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center is an especially helpful database. It provides essays and articles arguing for and against many current, controversial issues.

Credo Reference searches dozens of reference sources to provide introductory and background information on a wide variety of topics.

For help finding articles, visit our How-do-I page, or call the Reference Desk at 244–3282.

Web Sites

The Dowling College Writing Center provides one-to-one help with writing for all students. Appointments are necessary. Note their policy, and explore the help links they offer.

Explore the sites below for extensive help in many aspects of the writing process.

Online Writing Lab(OWL)at Purdue U.

Guide to Grammar and Writing - Capital Community College Foundation

University of Victoria’s Writing Guide, especially strong for essay writing help.

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Last updated March 21, 2011, at 01:23 PM by Sonia Frangella