ESL 0012: English as a Second Language
You can search for books in a number of ways:
Keyword searches: “science fiction”
look for your keywords anywhere in the catalog description of a book (usually this search is the broadest as it will pick up even minor mentions of your topic). Put quotes around phrases for more accurate results. Combine keywords with AND to narrow your search. Combine keywords with OR to broaden your search.
Subject searches: Fairy Tales
find any book on a certain subject BUT “subjects” are defined by the Library of Congress and may not be the words you think they should be. (So it’s Mythology, Greek not Greek Mythology).
Title search: Myths
finds any book with that word in the title. (A quick but not foolproof way to find relevant books on your keyword/topic).
Think about the ways you could describe your topic and try searching by those keywords in the library catalog. Use reference sources to come up with ideas.
Finding Background Information
Books in the Reference section stay in the library, but read and use them to help you choose paper topics, then develop and write them. Click on the following links for searches of the reference collection on some topics of interest:
Academic Search Premier
A good database to start with, covering magazines, newspapers and academic journals on a wide variety of topics.
Covers US and international newspapers.
Click here for help using databases.
ESL Web Sites
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- Guide to Grammar and Writing
Here is an excellent resource for anyone exploring the logic of the English language. Pull-down menus are detailed and well-organized. Examples are complete and clear. There is even a feature for submitting specific questions. The site is sponsored by the Capital Community College Foundation in Connecticut.
- Home - Foreign Language News and Newspapers - Research Guides at MIT Libraries
Librarians at MIT have compiled directories of electronic journals, newspapers and magazines for eight languages: Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish. Brief, helpful descriptions accompany each link in this appealing arrangement.
- Verb conjugation in 100s of languages. Free on-line verb conjugator.
A free verb conjugator covering hundreds of languages. Conjugations are thorough, and carried out to many tenses. Verbix is a non-profit organization working to promote linguistic diversity. Regional variations and even some extinct languages are included.
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.
Tips on Avoiding Plagiarism
This lists citation engines which help you create proper citations as well as providing information on different citation styles.
Turnitin is a service that faculty and students use to detect and avoid plagiarism in their writing.
NoodleBib is an online resource that will help you format MLA and APA bibliographies, exporting them directly to your word processing program.
OCLC EasyBib EasyBib is an automatic bibliography composer that can be exported into a word processing program.
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