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EGL 102-024 - Michael Davros - Spring 2022


Welcome to the Library!

I'm Marisa Walstrum, librarian at the Skokie campus, and I am excited to help you get started with your research. Today in our session we will:

  • Construct a research question based on your general topics to narrow your research,

  • Locate background research on your topics in library databases, and then identify scholarly articles to support your argument

  • Finally, I will show you where to find citation information to properly cite your articles using MLA citation style

To get help with your research project after this library session, or any time, make an appointment with an Oakton librarian. Let's get started!

Tips for Finding a Topic and Keywords

  • ask a question you're interested in finding the answer to
  • something that has controversy or more than one viewpoint
  • something that you feel you could research or write about in detail:
    • not too broad
      • You'll know a topic is too broad when you are overwhelmed with information in your research 
      • Examples : "social media" 
    • not too narrow
      • You'll know a topic is too narrow when you don't find enough information in your research
      • Example: "Does the use of Social Media amongst students ages 14-16 at Ourtown High School increase bullying?"
    • just right! 
      • You will feel information is manageable
      • Example: " Does social media use increase bullying in schools?"

Using the Oakton Library Website