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English 101 Research Guide: Home

Resources to assist English 101 students with their research.

Why Use Library Resources?

Library databases offer a more organized information access system than search engines like Google. Databases offer superior searching capabilities and make it easier to evalute sources. The table below identifies some of the strengths of library databases and search engines.


Library Databases

Search Engines

General Information

Looking up specific facts


Most up-to-date information on developing news


Numerous options to narrow or modify a search to find relevant information


Identifying source types (book, newspaper, journal, etc.)


Finding up-to-date scholarly information


Identifying authors/creators and their qualifications


Identifying edited and reviewed sources


Identifying purpose of a source (informative, persuasive, commercial, etc.)


Providing an open forum for expressing opinions


Drop-In Research Help

Need more sources for your paper? Trying to track down a certain article? Hop on Zoom and get answers from a librarian. You don't need to stay the whole time or join right at the start of the session, just log on when you've got a few minutes and get the research help you need. 

All sessions will use this link: 

Dates and Times:

Tuesday, 4/20: 6:00-8:00 PM

Wednesday, 4/21: 6:00 - 8:00 PM

Thursday, 4/22: 3:00-5:00 PM

Tuesday, 4/27: 6:00-8:00 PM

Wednesday, 4/28: 6:00-8:00 PM

Thursday, 4/29: 3:00-5:00 PM 

Google and Library Resources Video

Search engines like Google work for some purposes, but for academic research you will want to use library resources.

NEIU Ron Williams Library

Start Searching with Quick Search

On the library's home page use the Quick Search tab to access PRIMO discovery service.  Quick Search searches the library's catalog and a number of the library's databases simultaneously.

The Searching for Information pages on this guide cover additional searching options.

Public Services Librarians

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