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ENGL 202 - Research Assignment

Library Databases

Consider Keywords:

  1. Try multiple searches--typing in different keywords 

  2. Put simple phrases in quotation marks ("market research" vs market research)

  3. Use AND to get fewer results.

  4. Use OR to get more results.


Image of Magnifying glass with the words One Search

Find Books

The library has books, ebooks, audio books, and audio ebooks. You can find all of these through the Library Catalog.

You can also look specifically for ebooks by using the Library's A-Z Databases.

Log-in to the databases/eBooks from off-campus with: SURF ID & SURF Password

Find Articles

The library has over 70 databases which feature articles. Here are a few that will be helpful for your research assignment.

About MLA

Modern Language Association (MLA) style, most commonly used in the humanities and liberal arts, is a specific formatting style that students and scholars use when writing papers and citing sources. Citing sources in MLA Style requires a brief in-text citation and full details of each source used on a final Works Cited page. Use the navigation links to the left to learn more about these elements.

Information here is taken from the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers (8th ed.) which may be consulted for questions not addressed here. Purdue University's Online Writing Lab (OWL) is also an excellent resource. For additional help with citations Ask Us or drop by the Research Help desk to meet with a librarian. Click here to visit the archived MLA 7th edition site.

The Purdue OWL website also provides information on annotated bibliographies, as well as a sample entry.  


Visit the MiraCosta College's MLA Citation page for more information. Outside sources on the MLA that are also helpful include:

  1. The MLA Style Center
  2. Online Writing Lab at Purdue University (OWL)
  3. http://www.easybib.com/EasyBib