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English 101

To begin research on a paper or presentation, you will need books, articles, and web sites. This page gives you basic places to begin your research. For more complex searches, or for upper-division course assignments, see the course-specific web pages, or ask a reference librarian.

I. Books

To find books and media on your topic:
EZRA : the Wittenberg University library catalog
OhioLINK : merged catalogs of more than 80 Ohio academic libraries and two public libraries

Usually, EZRA and OhioLINK will provide ample books and media for your project.
If you still need more, use: WorldCat - to search for books worldwide, and
Interlibrary Loan form for books to request items not available from Wittenberg or OhioLINK

Reference sources available online:
Oxford Reference Online
Credo Reference


II. Internet Resources

Internet Search Engines:

Google Scholar -
Caution! This provides references to scholarly articles, but finding the full text of the article may be difficult and costly. Bring a complete citation for tricky sources to the reference desk and we'll help you find it. Subscription databases (see below) are almost always better.



III. Finding Journal Articles

Guidelines on how to distinguish scholarly from popular articles

Databases with broad coverage:

Academic Search Complete
- contains full text of more than 3,600 scholarly publications, plus article summaries for 900 more journals. This database is most likely the best one for starting your research.
Masterfile Premier
- this database gives access to general-interest periodicals.
- Includes magazines, newspapers, journal articles, and much more.
- A rolling backfile of journal articles (meaning this database does not contain the most recent 2 to 5 years worth of journal articles)

For other ideas, see the full list of All Databases, with hundreds of database options.

To locate journals:

At Wittenberg: Search Journals the Library Has, for a list of magazines and journals to which Wittenberg subscribes, both online and in hard copy.
At other Ohio Libraries: Use Interlibrary Loan.

Note: Locating journals can be tricky, difficult, and generally exasperating. If you run into trouble, a reference librarian will be glad to assist you.

IV. People Help

Wittenberg librarians welcome your questions.
If you have any questions at all about your research--how to get started or how to proceed--contact us. We will respond promptly.

*For fastest response, send email to
Whoever sees it first will reply.

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Compiled by Regina Entorf, Wittenberg University Library
Last updated Oct. 2010/KJG

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