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ENG102: First-Year Composition

Resources for success in English 102, First-Year Composition.

Assignment Overview

Assignment - Disaster/Disease Paper for J. Burns's ENG 102

Research Requirements

 Find a minimum of 5 information resources from the library databases.

Focus on:  

  • How does a specific disaster/disease occur?
  • Can it be stopped? If so, how?

You will write a paper of 1,000 words using these library resources.


Citation Requirements

Use NoodleTools to cite all sources in APA format.




Step #1 Find an Encyclopedia Source (eBook reference)

Identify which of the encyclopedias below might contain information on your specific disaster, disease, or infection.

Click on the title of the encyclopedia to access.

Then search within for your specific topic.


Step #2 Search Articles - Reference

Click on the Find Articles tab on this guide.

Select the radio button for reference.

Enter some terms you noticed when reading through information on your topic.

        Example: Sarin gas attack Tokyo OR  Aum Shinrikyo Cult

Do not use full sentences when searching library databases. Search by keyword concepts. Put quotation marks around phrases so you find the words in an article in exactly that order. Without quotation marks, the databases will search articles with any instances of the keywords, though not in order. Don't try too many search terms at once! 

Email yourself results that look promising.


Step #3 Search One Search

Follow this link to the library's home page.

In the One Search search box, type a few key words related to your topic. Example: "tokyo subway attack" AND causes. Now, you will be searching for results beyond reference materials. Your search results will show on the next page.

There will be a large number of results, which can be narrowed down by using the limiters on the left side of the page.

Save at least two results and email them to yourself.

Step #4 Find a Book at the GCC Library

A print or eBook resource will provide you with an in depth exploration of your topic. Books, or monographs as they are also known, are deep dives into a particular subject. Use the book's index and table of contents to find specific pieces relevant to your research.

Go to the Find Books tab of this guide.

Type directly in the search box, using keywords. 

You may limit your search to "physical books" or "eBooks" by using the corresponding radio buttons. To search both, leave the radio button on "all."

For a physical book, follow the links to locate the book's call # and status. This will tell you where in the GCC Library you can find your book. You can also request a hold for later pickup at the library.

For an eBook, click on the "online item" link to read the book in your browser.  Note the book's citation information. You will use this in NoodleTools when creating your Reference List citation.

Prefer video? The library has a number of nonfiction, documentary resources available in streaming video or physical DVD. Use the Find Video tab to search for either.

Step #5 Create Citations for Your Sources in NoodleTools

By now you should have found several sources to use as support in your paper. You will need to create a citation for each source you directly quote or paraphrase in your paper.

Go to NoodleTools and enter your user name and password.

Create a new project and choose APA Junior level for the citation type.

In the Sources tab, you will create a new source for each information resource you use.

For Where Is It? click on database because you found your sources using the library databases. 

Next, select the type of source you are citing. The first two you found in this lesson were Reference sources. The remainder are most likely journals, magazines, or books.

Fill out the form for each type you found. As you create citations, they will populate, in alphabetical order, in your Sources tab.

To import these to Word or Google Docs, select the Print/Export feature. This will space and format your References list in proper APA format.

Congrats! You found sources using the GCC Library databases. Now, write that paper! Still need help? Contact or use our Ask a Librarian 24/7 chat feature.


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