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ENG 105 - Carpenter


The resources covered in this guide are often very U.S.-centric. If you are looking for information about other cultures, please e-mail me at or stop by my office in Beeghly Library Room 133.

Where to Start


Academic sources can help you understand a place and time, as well as fill in details you don’t remember or don’t know.

  • What are you comparing/analyzing?
  • What is the same, what is different?
  • Why?

The WHAT and WHY will determine WHERE and HOW you search.


This is where things get complicated. Research is exploration, and sometimes you have to look in a few different places before you get a feel for what is right for your needs. That said, there are a few quick bits of advice we can offer here.

  • For books, you want a catalog. At OWU, this means CONSORT or OhioLINK.
  • For articles, you want a database. If you click here, you'll be taken to a complete list of OWU's databases. Fair warning: We have a few of them.
  • For websites, you want a search engine. For most of us, that's Google, although Bing and Yahoo, among others, are options.

If you want some ideas on how you can use catalogs, articles, and websites most effectively, check out the tabs on the left hand side of the screen.