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ENGL 100 Composition

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Supplemental Materials

To see all options for streaming media, check out my video Accessing eMaterials and go to TimeStamp 11:18.

Citation Help

There are more styles than just MLA, and you may use other styles often in classes outside of ENGL. Here are some links that can help!

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FMD 357 - Dr. P.'s Tips

For those of you whom I've seen in FMD 357, here's my latest handout!

Learn about Journals

You can Google the journal title and look for the following information on its website:

  1. How difficult is it to submit an article to be reviewed & published in the journal? How long will the review process take?
  2. Who will review submitted articles? Google the people listed on the Editorial Board to learn about their level of expertise.

These elements help us determine who the "peers" are in the peer-reviewed process, if the journal has one.

If the journal does not have a clear structure to review articles published within it, or a clear list of people who will review articles for the journal, it may not have a strong review process. Show your professor what you find out to make sure the journal is useful for your assignment.

To FIND Journals, see my How to Find Journals Video.

Google Quick Tips

Google & Google Scholar

Quick Tips

  • Want results that are only pdf files? Add to your search: filetype:pdf
  • Want only .gov websites? Add to your search:
  • Want only .edu websites? Similar tip:
  • Want to search within a website? Add the website to your search:


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