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ENG 113 General Research Guide: Your Basic Research Toolbox

Working on your research project for this class? Here are some helpful resources to guide you.

All You Need To Get Started

All the basic tools you need to start doing research! If you don't know where to begin, here's my suggested technique:

  1. Set the scene by looking at Reference sources for background information.
  2. Look for books and other scholarly sources in PRIMO.
  3. Then, search subject-specific databases and use their specialized search options to find relevant sources. 
  4. Schedule a research consult if you're stuck or looking for direction! 

Online Reference Shelf

We love Wikipedia, but it's not always reliable. Instead of Googling a new area of interest and clicking on the first Wikipedia result, try using Van Wylen's online reference materials to gain a solid frame of reference for your research topic. You can search Credo directly below, or you can click on the other links underneath the Credo search box:

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Hope Primo

Start here when you've got an idea what you'd like to look for. You can go deeper at the next step. PRIMO will find books, scholarly articles, and other types of media.


Databases contain thousands of peer-reviewed journal articles. Because they are subject-based, they can help you find relevant sources faster. Click here for a list of all available databases. 



You have access to the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and many more current and historical newspapers through Hope College. They can provide great primary sources!

Click here for the full guide.

Ask A Librarian

Me! Librarians are also a resource.