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ENG 102 / ENG 108: Research Papers, Literary Criticism & Annotated Bibliographies

This guide has been designed for MCC students taking English 102. It serves as a starting point for the research paper assignment. Use the tabs at the top of the guide to get started finding, using and evaluating information for your assignments.


Welcome to the English 102 Research Guide!

Critical Thinking combined with Information/Research Skills enables you to find, evaluate and use information in an academic and ethical way. These skills, when mastered, assist you in conducting research, finding great sources and organizing your information in a way that makes sense to your reader/audience while giving credit to the cycle of scholarly information.  This Research Process assists us in mastering our objectives:

  • Determine an appropriate scope of investigation by limiting that scope and using various research methods to assist in your inquiry;
  • Matching your information need to the scope of your investigation by using specific resources and the research process

This guide will help you:

  • Develop a topic
  • Identify and access library databases 
  • Identify sources for literary criticism and analysis
  • Create an annotated bibliography
  • Develop effective search strategies for searching library databases
  • Evaluate and identify the best resources for your research
  • Understand the difference between popular and scholarly sources
  • Identify sources for MLA and APA format help

Use the tabs to navigate through this guide.