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English 101 (College Writing) Research Guide: Getting Started

Need a topic idea?

Here are some places you could look for a paper topic:

  • Class discussions
  • Assigned readings
  • Personal interests
  • Browse journals in the field
  • Hot topics in the news (see links below)

Gale Virtual Reference Library

Don't know the first thing about climate change or the Vietnam War? Reference sources (like encyclopedias, dictionaries, handbooks) are a great place to start. Click the link below, and try your topic in the search box.

Print Reference Writing Sources

We have extra copies of each of these books, which you can check out: