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ENGC 090: Prep Reading and Composition - Davidson

This course uses whole language to develop proficiency in reading and writing for college.

Research Tools

Here you will find resources for exploring a topic and gaining an informed understanding of your topic



Good quesitons to ask include:

Can I get a quick overview of the topic?

What is the history behind this topic?

What controversies surround it? 

Who do the controversies affect?

A good starting place, encyclopedias can provide general background information and may suggest directions for research. General encyclopedias:

 Encyclopedias concerning social issues:

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These databases provide helpful background and history, statistics, and current trends around controversial topics: