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ENG 152: Digital Nation: Finding Articles & More

Off-Campus Access to Databases

To access any database in this Research Guide from off campus, you will need your myMCC login. You may find your myMCC login at www.mchenry.edu/myMCC. Click on Password Reset/Find Username.

Argumentative & Social Issues Papers

Starting Your Research

If your research assignment requires you to write about a current social or controversial issue, the following databases are a good place to start.

General Article Databases (for many topics)

When you need to do research beyond the starting points above, you can find full-text articles covering a wide range of topics below. Make sure to combine your terms with Boolean AND (to include all terms), or Boolean OR (to include any term). Be sure to view the videos provided to clarify database searching.

Electronic resources for reference

The following e-Reference resources are great for gathering background information on your topic. You need your myMCC login to access them.

Selecting and Using Keywords Video (3:50)

keyword with magnifying glass over research

Joshua Vossler's video "Selecting and Using Keywords"

Research Tip: If you were researching the topic "videogame violence" as discussed in the video above, you could also use a great and reliable site such as this: https://www.statista.com/topics/868/video-games/  (Video Game Industry: Statistics & Facts | Statista)

Quick Tips and Shortcuts for Database Searching (video 5:19)

Entering Keywords into a Database (video 4:41)

Research Skills Worksheet: Keywords and Boolean Operators for Database Searching