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English 1301: Getting Started

Instructions for Logging in

When logging on to the library databases, use your myTC username and password, just like you do to log on to your email or online course.  If the database requires an additional password, then that password is provided either in the description of the database or within the library guide.

Getting Started

The first step in research for any of your classes is to learn about your topic.  If you can spend about three minutes discussing your topic with someone and can answer the “Who, what, when, where, and why?” questions for that topic, then you probably already know enough about your  topic to begin your research.  But if not, then you will save time in the long-run by spending some time educating yourself, and, most likely, you will be able to use some of the resources from which you learn about your topic for your paper.  So…where are some places that you can go to do that?

Points of View Reference Center - Points of View Reference Center contains many topics, each with an overview (objective background/description), point (argument) and counterpoint (opposing argument). For each topic, this database also offers a Guide to Critical Analysis, which helps the reader evaluate the controversial topics. The Guide to Critical Analysis enhances students’ ability to read critically, develop their own perspective on the issues, and write or debate an effective argument on the topic.

NewsBank Current Events and Special Reports – news articles, images, videos, and other useful content grouped for convenience under specific topics and themes. Off-campus username is “texarkanacollege” and password is “texas”.

Newspaper Source -  Newspapers contain short articles about current events and topics.  This is a good place to start when you are unsure about the sequence or specifics about current events or world news.  Newspaper Source indexes newspapers from all over the world, so your topics are not limited to items that are covered by the local newspaper.

Films on Demand - watching a film or a film clip is a great way to become knowledgeable about a topic, and, most often, you will find something in the film that you can use to support the paper that you are writing.  The username for Films on Demand is “texarkana” and the password is “texas”. 

Wikipedia - Your instructor probably will not accept Wikipedia as a source, but it is a place to get ideas at the beginning of your research.  Be sure to check the bibliography, notes, and links at the bottom of each entry.

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