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EAP 101/201: Listening and Speaking for Academic Purposes

English for Academic Purposes
Step 1: Choose and Explore a Topic
To find facts about the topic:
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Provides online access to over 500 reference books (encyclopedias, dictionaries, handbooks, etc.) in all subject areas. This is the premier place to look up a quick fact or to search for background information on a research topic.

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Provides access to 90 full-text specialized encyclopedias that offer excellent background information on a topic. ​

To find research resources for specific disciplines or courses:
Research Guides (By Subject or Course Number)
Guides for doing research in a particular subject area (Art, Education, Social Work, etc.) or for a specific course.
Step 2: Look for Books

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English Language Readers pdf
This link will take you to a list of English language readers including fiction and non-fiction. You may be locate the books by searching on the title in the box above.

Step 3: Look for Articles

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Academic Search Premier (ASP) contains indexing for nearly 8,050 publications, with full text for more than 4,600 of those titles. ASP provides full-text coverage in biology, chemistry, education, engineering, humanities, physics, psychology, religion and theology, sociology, etc. Tip: Click the check box to limit to Academic (Peer Reviewed) Journals.

Communication & Mass Media Complete

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Fulltext of 300+ U.S. and international news sources. Includes the New York Times (1999 to present), The Times of London (index and abstract only), the Wall Street Journal (1984 to present), and the StarTribune of Minneapolis (1986 to present). ​​ 
Step 4: Read and Evaluate Your Sources
Once you have searched for and located information, you must evaluate your results to determine which resources to use for your research assignments. One method for evaluating information is the CRAAP Test (from the Meriam Library at California State University Chico). CRAAP stands for:
  • Currency: The timeliness of the information.
  • Relevance: The importance of the information for your needs.
  • Authority: The source of the information.
  • Accuracy: The reliability, truthfulness, objectivity, and correctness of the informational content.
  • Purpose: The reason the information exists. 
Step 5: Cite Your Sources
Many scholarly organizations and publications have developed systems for documenting and citing sources.  The American Psychological Association (APA) and the Modern Language Associaiton (MLA) are the two most common systems. OWL at Purdue University has good online guides for both systems.  
For additional tools and resouces, consult the library's Citation Styles guide. 
Citation: A (Very) Brief Introduction from NCSU Libraries

Write Place
The Write Place offers free, one-on-one tutoring to all members of the St. Cloud State University community, at any stage in the writing process. They are located in Building 51 and also have a satellite location in the library on first floor.
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Student Study Rooms
Reserve student study rooms for group work, available on the second and third floors of the Library.

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VIsit the Circulation Desk to borrow digital cameras, camcorders, projectors, and other equipment.

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Place a hold on the books you want using the Library’s Books and More catalog, and Husky Fetch will fetch them for you.
Minnesota Resources
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Interactive online maps based on the Atlas of Minnesota, 2nd edition. You can browse topics such as agriculture, people, education, housing, and more.

Minnesota NorthStar
The official website for the state of Minnesota

Minnesota History
A lively, richly illustrated magazine published by the Minnesota Historical Society. Topics vary and cover 150+ years of state and regional history. Issues from 1948-present are available in print.

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The collection brings you more than 210,000 images, maps and documents from more than 155 of the state's cultural heritage organizations. This site offers resources on Minnesota's history and geography for researchers, educators, students, and the public. ​ 
Scholarly v. Popular Sources
Scholarly sources are:
  • written by experts, scholars, or professors in the discipline; names and credentials are included
  • contain a bibliography (works cited) and/or footnotes to document research
  • reviewed and critically evaluated by experts in the field of study (peer review or refereed)
Academic Integrity
Academic writing involves finding, evaluating, and using information resources.  When you use research, quotes, ideas, or data you have found in books, articles, webpages, etc. you need to cite the source of your information. Why do you need to cite your sources?
  • Effectively integrating source material from the experts with your own ideas and accurately referencing that source material can lend support to the argument in your paper and credibility to your reputation as a maturing professional in your field
  • Providing complete references enables readers who are interested in your topic to find out more about your research
  • Just as you expect to receive credit for your work, other authors expect and deserve credit for theirs  

If you do not cite your sources you are being academically dishonest and guilty of plagiarism, a violation of SCSU's Student Code of Conduct.
Plagiarism can result in a failing grade for the assignment or the class as well as other disciplinary actions.

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