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Greetings! I'm honored to be your personal librarian for ENG 1021.  

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

Stressing out over the textbook?  No worries!  We have copies on reserve at the library.

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!

Sarah Naomi Campbell| scampbell@jwu.edu | 401-598-5019

Did you know you can also chat or text with a librarian?  It's anonymous, free, and super fast!  Simply click the Ask a Librarian box below, or on our homepage!

On campus? Visit the JWU Writing Lab at either the Academic Success Center at Downcity or Harborside for fast and easy help with assignments. Whether you're just getting started or need final editing advice, peer-to-peer or professsional writing coaches are super kind and trained to help you at any stage of the writing process. For in-person tutoring, help with accommodations for students living with disabilities, and study-skills workshops, contact the Academic Success Center, via USucceed in jwulink, Academics tab.

Top Tips for Working with the Writing Lab:

  1.    Open 9 am - 9 pm Mon - Wed, 9-4 Thurs - Fri, and open 2-9 Sun Harborside (closed Sat and Sun at Downcity)
  2.    Walk-ins welcome; appointments strongly recommended.
  3.    Book an appointment by phone: 401-598-1309
  4.    Book an appointment online via USucceed: in jwulink, click Academic tab.

Did you know you can also submit your paper online 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to Smarthinking for seriously awesome feedback within 24 hours?  It's FREE!  Look for the link in jwulink, under the Academic tab, under Tutoring.

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

Start with Opposing Viewpoints to search for controversial articles on specific angles for your commentary paper.

  • For example, if your topic is "Texting while driving", use the search box to find different points of view on a texting ban. 
  • Looking at both sides of a topic makes whatever side you take even stronger, because you can argue a more balanced point of view.
  • Pro-Tip: Choose Browse Issues to choose from hundreds of topics.‚Äč

Looking for credible statistics? Use Statista for fast, compelling statistics to cite in your paper.  Statistics on 60,000 topics in just a click of a button!

  • Enter in keywords in the search box on your broad topic
  • Using statistics can represent many sides of a topic, depending on how you use the statistics in your argument.
  • Look for the citation tool to help you cite your sources

Use Academic Search to search for articles on specific angles for your Commentary research paper. For example, if your topic is "Texting while Driving", use the search box to find popular 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 "Texting while Driving"
  • Limit to Full Text, so you can read articles online
  • Check News, Magazines 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 or submit your paper to Smarthinking (both in JWULInk, Academics) to make sure your paper is totally perfect and all your citations are good to go.

 

What is Peer Review? What makes a source credible?

 

Scenario: You have to write a short paper for your ENG 1021 class on a controverisal topic, and you've chosen genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Below, are several sources you are considering using.

Work in teams to evaluate the sources provided to determine if each source is credible. Also consider if or how the source might benefit your paper.

 

Source 1

Source 2

Source 3

Source 4

Source 5

Source 6

Source 7

Source 8