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ENG 1020 Fall 2021

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!   

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

The 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! 
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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.

Let's take a look at a video to learn more about what peer review is and why it's important for credibility.

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

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! .... 














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! 
  • How to Cite an Interview!

The JWU Writing Lab is open for in-person and remote appointments by zoom.

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: 401-598-1785  
  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.

First-Year Reads Program: “This, I Believe” Contest 2021.

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 ENG1020 (or ENG1024), you will take part in this, as a way to share a common academic experience with your first-year classmates. 

Your ENG1020 (or ENG1024) professor 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. As part of the contest, the winning essays will be shared with the JWU community in some way. 

The essay should be approximately 500 words, following the spirit and general format of the “This, I Believe” series. This year, we would like you to consider "Food, Culture and Connectedness" as the theme.

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 (or ENG1024) professor by 9/20.

A committee of English faculty will read the essays, and winners will be announced by early October.  

Here is a link with more examples and some writing suggestions: 

Be brave. Your words are more powerful than you know.