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Greetings! I'm honored to be your personal librarian for your ESL course.

I can help you pick a topic, find articles, or answer any other question.  Seriously.  I got you!

I share office hours with an awesome team of librarians, so if you'd like some one-on-one help click here to book an appointment or let me know a time that works for you We're here for you!

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Working on the Leadership Presentation?  We've got you.  

 Your first challenge is to choose an interesting person to profile, and then focus in on the most fascinating aspect of their background, and add in an interesting angle and engaging details to determine why this person is a leader in their field.

Example 1 If you were to profile Chef Alice Waters, you might focus in, as this article did, on her philosophy of "Social Responsibility" and sustainable, farm-to-table produce which contributed to her success.  In the following profile piece, The Millennial Restaurant, the author focuses in on Chef Waters' journey to Paris in search of a new space, and her revolutionary definition of a restaurant as "a platform, an exhibit, a classroom, a conservatory, a laboratory, and a garden."  What makes the profile so fascinating is the angle - how she creates socially responsible dining and the details of the setting - in this case, Paris.

Example 2:  If you were to profile Beyoncé, on the other hand, you might focus in on a unique aspect of her identity which contributed to her success; "Business Beyoncé, hypercomposed Beyoncé - fashionable, elegant, in charge."  In the following profile piece, Miss Millennium: Beyoncé, the article explores Queen Bey's entrepreneurial philosophy and how it is influenced by her identity as a feminist.  What makes this piece so compelling is the focus on the business side of Beyonce, as opposed to a fashion or music angle.

Start here:

Academic Search Complete

Use Academic Search to search for articles on specific angles for your Leadership Presentation. For example, if you're profiling Chef Waters, use the search box to find scholarly, trade, or magazine articles on "Chef Waters", along with your angle, such as "Social Responsibility"

Subject Terms are way better than random keywords, because they are substantially about your person or topic, rather than just mentioning it.

Enter in your keywords, and then look for a Subject Term mentioning your person. These are hyperlinked to more articles.

PE "Jobs, Steven, 1955-2011"

For Company Information, in Academic Search, click the Company Information Tab and enter in the company's name.

Example: Apple, Inc

Companies can also have Subject Terms:


This will provide you with information for Company information:

  • Job Title
  • How many employees
  • How many locations

To search for Trade Publications, follow these steps from the library homepage or in any EBSCO database (like Academic Search Complete)  Looking for Scholarly (Peer Reviewed) articles?  Click Academic Journals or check Scholarly (Peer Reviewed) on the left hand side.

Biography In Context

Use Biography to search for articles on specific people for your Profile paper. For example, if you're profiling Beyoncé, use the search box to find scholarly articles on "Beyoncé", along with biographical information.  Notice the many different kinds of sources available, from Academic, to News, to Multimedia/Videos.

To search for a person for your profile piece and cite the article, follow these steps using the link to Biography In Context.

Wondering how to get started on your research paper?  No worries!  Your first challenge is to choose an interesting topic, and then focus in on the most fascinating angle.

Pro-TipStart with Academic Search Complete

Use Academic Search to search for articles on specific angles for your research paper. For example, if your topic is "Texting while Driving", use the search box to find trade or scholarly articles on "Texting while Driving", along with your angle, such as a "Texting Ban" or the role of "alcohol".

  • Enter in your basic search terms, such as "Steve Jobs"
  • Limit to Full Text, so you can read articles online
  • Check Trade for trade articles or Scholarly/Peer Reviewed for academic articles
  • Scroll down the first page of articles, and click on the most interesting one
  • Click on one of the Subject Terms (they're hyperlinked) and see where it takes you!



Did you know you can copy and paste citations if you use the library's databases?

1. Save time -  look for the "Cite" Button or " " icon.

2. Scroll to the style you need (MLA, APA)

3. Copy and paste the full citation into your paper

Ta Da!  You're done!  Well, almost.  Sometimes weird formatting issues happen, so always double check your work.



Need help with in-text citations or more complicated citations?  Use the OWL It's super easy, and totally simple. This is also a really good time to make an appointment with a writing tutor to make sure your paper is totally perfect and all your citations are good to go.

Using Google can be really helpful when you're doing research, especially if you use these quick tips!

1. Change the "Domain"​

  • Looking for Government information?  Use .gov in your search
    • If you search "Statistics on the economy" site:gov, you'll find government sites focusing on the economy, such as the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

  • Looking for Education resources?  Use .edu in your search
    • If you search "statistics on the economy" site:edu, you'll find academic sites focusing on the economy, such as articles from colleges and universities.
  • Looking for Non-Profit research?  Use .org in your search
    • If you search "statistics on the economy" site:org, you'll find non-profit sites focusing on the economy, such as the United Nations Statistics division.

​2. Put your search in "Quotes"

  • If you're searching for more than one word, use quotes to search as a phrase.
    • ​EX:  "Student Loans"

3. Google Scholar

  • A Google Scholar search will bring you lots of academic results, and it is a great place to start.  
    • If you can't read the articles online, let us know and we'll find the Full Text for you!