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EAP 102/202: Reading and Writing for Academic Purposes

Reading and Writing 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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Presents multiple sides on current controversial topics. Each topic may include topical essays, supporting articles, primary source documents, images, and videos.

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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Search the library's physical collection (books, movies, music, government publications, etc.) along with online journals and e-books to which the Library subscribes -- all in a single search.

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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 LibSearch.

Step 3: Look for Articles

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Full-text articles 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.

Scholarly vs. Popular Sources

Scholarly vs. Popular Periodicals from Vanderbilt University
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)
Accessing Full Text Articles
  • When searching the databases for articles, look for the one of these links to access full text:
    HTML Full Text Image PDF Full Text image
  • If you don't see full text links, click on the Find It! button to view the easiest way to access the article:
    Find It button
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  • If an online full text option is not available, you will either see information about where the physical item is in the library OR be prompted to Sign in to order the item through Interlibrary Loan.
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.  
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Write Place
Write Place
The Write Place offers one-on-one tutoring at any stage in the writing process. Make an online appointment or visit Webster Hall 117 or University Library 135E. 
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  (from LEO: Literacy Education Online)

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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Atlas of Minnesota Online Edition Unrestricted Resource
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. ​ 

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