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ENGL 1301 Oberle

This guide is for students in Prof. Oberle's ENGL 1301 classes. It has resources and tips to help you with your cause/effect essay.

Finding Scholarly and Popular Sources in Library Databases

You must use the library's online databases to find your research sources for the cause/effect essay.

You may not use the open web (Google or another search engine) to find sources. 

Remember that if you ever need help using a databases, librarians are available to answer your questions and walk you through searching

This video describes how to find the databases from the Lone Star College homepage and how to log in to them. 

Recommended Databases

Academic Search Complete is our biggest, most comprehensive database. It's a great place to start looking for more detailed information about your topic, after you've already found some background information

You'll find scholarly and popular sources in Academic Search Complete

You can use the Source Type menu to limit your search results to either type (see video 5 in our ASC playlist for help) or look at the icons next to each search result.  

  • Scholarly sources will have an Academic Journal icon:


  • Popular sources will have either a Periodicals icon (for magazines or trade publications) or a News icon (for newspaper articles):

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  • You may also see some results with a Review icon. Reviews may come from scholarly or popular publications, but they're not the most helpful research sources (they typically review new books on a topic - librarians use them to buy books for the library). Try not to use sources with the Review icon


Before you search Academic Search Complete, take a look at our YouTube playlist on using the database. It breaks down most aspects of the database, from how to type in your search terms to limiting searches to scholarly sources to using auto-generated MLA citations.  


Other recommended databases:


Need to cite something from eBook Collection? Watch our video to find out how: