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Embedded Resources by Rebecca Gagne

Embedded courses for ulearn

Library Resources

Welcome, we are so happy to serve as your library liaisons! 

Think of us as your research partners...We can assist you with finding articles, developing a research topic, citing sources... you name it! Visit our homepage to learn more.

If you ever want to meet with us for specialized research assistance, you can schedule a research appointment.

JWU librarians are available for research appointments in-person, over the phone, and online. We would be more than happy to help you! 

Looking for immediate research assistance? Chat or Text us! 


The JWU library has your textbook available at both the Downcity and Harborside libraries free!

The JWU library has your textbook, Joining the Conversation, available at both the Downcity and Harborside libraries free!

You can check out the print textbook for free for 2 hours at a time with your JWU reserve.

Check your syllabus to make sure you have the correct version.

Chat with a librarian if you have any questions.

Click Google Doc to get started.

Scenario: You have to write a short paper for a media communications class on the topic of increasing inclusive representation in the media.

Using the criteria on your Google Doc, work with your team to score the source you are assigned.

Is your source credible?

To begin, let's watch a video to learn how to determine if a source is scholarly to begin.


Which library databases should you use? 

My recommendations:

How to Start a Search: 

Step 1: Think about your research topic/question

Step 2: Extract the main keywords/concepts

Step 3: Input each of the words into the search lines. Click 'Search'!

  • Example Research Question: How does social media affect mental health?
  • Search Terms: Social Media (and) Mental Health 

Bonus Step: Select search limiters (left side of screen)

  • Full Text
  • Scholarly/Peer Reviewed

Your search page will look similar to this! (see image below)

MLA Basics

  • In-text Citations: (Author's last name and the page number). Period after the in-text citation. 
    • Example: “There is a significant relationship between auditors’ assessments of the relevance and reliability of reported information and their attitudes to creative accounting” (Ionescu 161).
    • Need more help? Click here!
  • General paper format:
    • Times New Roman
    • 1-inch margins 
    • double spaced 
    • indent each new paragraph
    • Need more help? Click here!
  • Works Cited page:
    • last page
    • double spaced
    • citations listed in alphabetical order
    • hanging indents
    • appropriate citation format for each source type (i.e. book vs. article)
    • Need more help? Click here! 
  • ‚ÄčHow to Cite an Interview!

For more information on MLA citations, visit the JWU MLA Style Guide!

The Academic Success Center is open for in-person and remote appointments by zoom!

Whether you're just getting started or need final editing advice, writing tutors are kind and trained to help you at any stage of the writing process. Visit the Academic Success Center website for more information.

Top Tips for Working with the Academic Success Center:

  1.    Book an appointment by phone: 401-598-1485  
  2.    Visit us live on the first floor of the Yena Center

For 24/7 at no extra charge tutoring support and academic success coaching, log into JWULINK to use and schedule a session.

Look for the link in jwuLink, type in the search bar.  It will be the first link to come up! Log in to your account with your JWU credentials and then, it will auto-populate with your name and you're ready to go!

First-Year Reads Program: “This, I Believe” Contest deadline 9/19

As you know, all first-year students are reading pieces from the National Public Radio’s famous “This, I Believe” series. These writings have inspired people across the world to share their stories and perspectives. In the fall semester, you will take part in this, as a way to share a common academic experience with your first-year classmates.

Your fall semester English professor (ENG1020, ENG1021, ENG1024, or ENG1027) will also be including an assignment that will allow you to write your own “This, I Believe” piece. If you would like to enter the university-wide contest, please let your professor know, so your piece may be considered. There will be three winners chosen, and these essays will be highlighted during the JWU Homecoming & Family Weekend and shared with the JWU community in a variety ways.

The essay should be approximately 500 words, following the spirit and general format of the “This, I Believe” series. This year, we will not have a specific theme but allow students to explore their own ideas.

As with any essay, you will want to state your thesis clearly, which, in this case will be your “belief.” You will want to support your essay with clear points that express your views and offer specific examples and observations from your life.


The essay should be double-spaced in MLA format.


Essays must be submitted (in digital form) to your ENG1020, 1021, 1024, or 1027 professor no later than Tuesday 9/19. A committee of English faculty will read the essays, and winners will be announced by late September.

Here is a link some writing suggestions: