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ENG 1020


Greetings! I'm honored to be your personal librarian for ENG 1020.  

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

Meet with a librarian via an online research appointmentWe're here for you!

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Determining Credibility

Scenario: You have to write a short paper for an ENG 1020 class on the topic of how gender and race impact media representation.

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

Consider: Can a source be credible, without being peer-reviewed? Who counts as an "authority" on a topic? Can a source be credible if focused on a specific aspect of a topic? Is your source credible?

Pro-Tip: Each team evaluates ONE of the following sources and adds in comments for share-out on this Google Doc

Source 1

Source 2

Source 3

Source 4

Source 5

Source 6

Scenario: You just developed a research question for your paper. Now you need to find outside sources to support your arguments and further your thinking. 

Task: It's time to conduct a search on one of the library's databases! You will need to develop keywords and synonyms. 

Was your search successful? What source types are available? What do they look like? 


  1. Break into your groups (break out room)
  2. Go to the slide with your group number
  3. Read your research question and determine the keywords
  4. Determine at least two sets of synonyms
  5. Conduct a search in your assigned database 
  6. Copy/Paste the titles of ONE scholarly article and ONE popular article (Hint: You may need to filter the results, i.e Academic Journals, Scholarly/Peer Reviewed, Magazines, Newspapers...)
  7. Come back as a group, share out to compare...

Access the activity Here

The JWU Writing Lab is open for online appointments.

Whether you're just getting started or need final editing advice, writing coaches are super kind and trained to help you at any stage of the writing process. 

Top Tips for Working with the Writing Lab:

  1.    Book an appointment by phone: 401-598-1485  
  2.    Book an appointment online via USucceed: In jwulink, click Academics tab,  Academic Support Services.

For 24/7 free online revision feedback, submit your paper to Smarthinking. Look for the link in jwuLink, under the Academics tab, under Academic Support Services.


Start here:

Academic Search Complete

Use Academic Search to search for articles on almost any topic. For example, if you're focusing on Texting while Driving use the search box to find scholarly articles using keywords such as "texting" or "cell phones", along with your angle, such as "alcohol".

Click Full Text on the left so you can read articles online.

Click Scholarly (Peer Reviewed) to read academic, peer reviewed articles.


The JWU library has two style guides: 

MLA Style Guide

APA Style Guide

However, if you need more in depth guidance on formatting go to the Purdue OWL

Need to talk to someone and seek guidance in real time?

  • If you are an online student, you can go to the online writing center for information about how to contact a writing coach. 
  • If you are a PVD campus student you can schedule an appointment with the writing coach through uSucceed.