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ENG 111 — Freshman Composition II (Fantuzzi)

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Veronica D'aquino
(310) 243-2581


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Background Information

Articles, chapters, and reviewed essays from subject encyclopedias and handbooks are particularly helpful for providing a snapshot of the scope and aspects of a particular topic. These resources are a good starting point if you are new to a particular research area. Likewise, you may also find the references to other works that usually appear at the end of each article useful.

Some of these resources might be accessible online by providing your CSUDH username and password, while others might be available as print and should be requested by their call numbers. Please click the hyperlinks to access those that are available electronically.


Gale Virtual Reference Library


Provides access to current authoritative reference sources  on a wide range of subjects some of which includes Arts, Business, Environment, History, Law, Medicine, Science, and Social Sciences. 

Oxford Reference


Provides access to the reference collection of language and subject dictionaries and encyclopedias published by Oxford University Press covering the fields of Art and Architecture, Archaeology, Classical Studies, History, Law, Linguistics, Music, Science and Technology, Social Sciences just to mention a few.

Be aware that there are a wide range of subject encyclopedias and dictionaries available both in print and online at the University Library.



English Language

Oxford Online Dictionary



Easier English student dictionary



Merriam Webster’s collegiate dictionary

Online \ Ref PE1628. M36 2003(Ref. Lib. Use only)


Additional English language dictionaries can be found under the subject heading English language -- Dictionaries.



Synonyms & Antonyms


Oxford paperback thesaurus



Random House Roget’s college thesaurus

Ref PE159. R314 2000 (Ref. Lib. Use only)

Additional synonyms and antonyms dictionaries can be found under the subject heading English language -- Synonyms and antonyms

Books & E-Books

The Torofind Catalog allows you to identify books and other materials held in and available to the library. The Simple Search screen enables you to search by Keyword, Title, Author, Subject, ISBN/ISSNN, or Library of Congress call number by using the dropdown feature in the search bar. For more complex searches, use the Advanced Search option where you can combine multiple concepts and search fields in various ways.


Here are a few books, including one of your required course materials, which you may find useful for your argumentative papers.


The Bedford guide for college writers

PE1408. K49 1990 (4th floor North)


Models for writers: short essays for composition

PE1417. M56 2010 (RBR 2nd Floor)


The nuts & bolts of college writing

Online \ PE1408. H3927 2003 (4th floor North)


Strategies for successful writing

PE1408. R426 2005  (4th floor North)

Subjects/strategies: a writer’s reader

PE1417. S791999


Writing argumentative essays

PE1431. R33 2004 (4th floor North)


Additional sources can be found under the subject heading College readers.


Be aware that not all currently available e-books are accessible from the online catalog therefore try searching directly through the e-book vendor. E-book databases are available on the library home page under Databases by Subject.

Browsing Books and Other Sources at the Stacks


The University Library uses the Library of Congress Classification system to organize books and other materials on the shelves, which are arranged according to their subject matter. Below is a chart with the classification outline identifying the 21 branches of knowledge and their location in the library.

LC Main Class



3rd Floor North


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K -- LAW

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4th Floor North/ South


4th Floor South


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4th Floor South


4th Floor South


4th Floor South


4th Floor South

Checking Out Materials

If you have a current student ID you may check out up to 30 items for 28 days at the Circulation Desk, located on the second floor of the library. For more information on renewals, holds, overdue fines, etc. contact the Circulation Desk at (310) 243-3712.

Searching Other Library Collections

The Catalog of the CSU Libraries allows searching of the collections for all 23 CSU campuses and for finding materials that are not available at your CSUDH Library. These materials may be requested through Interlibrary Loan online at no cost.

WorldCat lets you search the collections of libraries in your community, state, country and from around the world. WorldCat locates the item of your interest in the nearest libraries to our campus. Items available for loan may be borrowed online and include: books, journal articles, and some dissertation and theses. For additional information on policies contact the Interlibrary Loan Services at (310) 243-3716.


The University Library subscribes to a number of databases that index magazine and journal articles, and are available full text. Access to electronic databases is available through the library’s main webpage via Databases by Title. Databases are also arranged by topics under Databases by Subject. Full-text access and date coverage varies by individual periodical title as well as from one database to another; therefore you may find it necessary to search in multiple databases.

If you are accessing the databases from off-campus, you will be prompted to login with your My CSUDH username and password.

OmniFile Full Text Mega provides invaluable support for research in all core undergraduate subjects and for cross-disciplinary work.

Communications & Mass Media complete provides quality research information in communication and mass media. It includes full text for over 500 journals as well as monographs, conference proceedings, working papers and other publication types. Many major journals have abstracts, full text access, and searchable cited references from their first issues to the present.

Readers Guide Full Textcomprehensive index consisting primarily of the most popular general interest periodicals published dating back to 1983.

News & Newspapers (ProQuest 1980-current) publish up-to-date information on current issues at the international, national, regional, and local levels.

Scholarly Internet Research

The Internet provides a wealth of information on all sorts of subjects. It is a good source of information especially when we are trying to catch up on current events or when we want to gather a wide range of ideas. However, not all the information available is trustworthy. The following are suggested websites where you can find information supportive of your course theme: the cognition ability of chimpanzees with a special focus on language acquisition.


The Jane Goodall Institute for Wildlife Research, Education and Conservation provides information on the works by the primatologist J. Goodall with chimpanzees in Tanzania as well as an overview of the biology, psychology, and conservation of chimpanzees.


Primate Info Net is a comprehensive site on the field of primatology maintained by the Lawrence Jacobsen Library at the Wisconsin National Primate Research Center (WNPR University of Wisconsin-Madison). It provides original content and links to resources on non-human primates in research, education, and conservation.


PLOS (Public Library of Science) is a non-profit publisher that provides open access to their own peer-reviewed journals, among other content dealing with Science and Medicine. 


The following criteria will help you find reliable information on the Web before including it in your academic work.

Credibility   Accuracy   Reasonableness   Support


Credibility - Who said this? Will the author stand behind this information?

Checking Credibility:

     Is the author or organization clearly stated ? if not, can you figure out from the URL or the domain where the page came from?

     what qualifications does the author or organization have in the area?

     is the author affiliated with an educational institution, governmental agency, or other reputable organization related to the topic of the document?

     Is there a real world postal address, telephone number and / or e-mail address where you can contact the author or a representative of the organization for more information?


Accuracy - Where did this come from? Is it correct?

Checking Accuracy:

     Are there sources cited to check factual and statistical information?

     Is the information clear and easy to follow?

     Is there a clearly indicated date of publication? (a date on a website can mean the date first created, date placed on Web or date last updated or revised)

     Does the content of the work seem up-to-date to you? Do the links lead to live websites?

     Is the work complete or still under construction? If the information is not current, is it still valuable?


Reasonableness - What kind of page is this?

Checking Reasonableness:

     What is the domain type? (.com, .gov, .edu, .org, etc.)

     What is the purpose of the page? is the author advocating a point of view, marketing merchandise/services, educating or providing information, communicating news, entertaining, or providing personal information?

     Does the page present controversial information? Are the opposing points of view represented or acknowledged?

     Does the page contain advertising? If so, can you tell the promotional material from the information elsewhere on the page?


Support - Who else says this?

Checking Support:

     Does the author provide references or links to confirm the accuracy of the information?

     Does the author provide verifiable statistics to support conclusions?

     Is the topic covered comprehensively or superficially? Does the author leave out important facts, qualifications, consequences, or alternatives?

     Does the page offer new information or information not found anywhere else?

MLA Citation Style

It is a requirement for this course that you use MLA style to cite your sources. The MLA handbook is available at the Reference Desk.

Some examples of citations for your Works Cited List are:

Newspaper Article
Jeromack, Paul.  "This Once, a David of the Art World Does Goliath a Favor."
New York Times 13 July 2002, late ed.: B7+ . Print.


Gilbert, Sandra M., and Susan Gubar eds. The Female Imagination and the Modernist

        Aesthetic. New York: Gordon, 1986. Print. 

Lecture, a Speech, an Address, or a Reading
Matuozzi, Robert. “Archive Truama”. Archive Trouble. MLA Annual Convention
Hyatt Regency, Chicago 29 Dec. 2007. Address.

Japanese Fundamentals. Chart. Hauppauge: Barron, 1992. Print.

Images on the Web                                                                                                         
Lange, Dorothea. The Migrant Mother. 1936. Prints and Photographs Div., Lib. of  
Cong. Dorothea Lange: Photographer of the People.  Web. 9 May 2007.

Journal Article From a Database
Langhamer, Claire. “Love and Courtship in Mid-Twentieth-Century England.”     

         Historical Journal
50.1 (2007): 173-96. ProQuest. Web. 27 May 2009.

MLA Formatting and Style Guide by Purdue University.

MLA Citation activity by the Raynor Memorial Libraries, Marquette University will help you understand and learn the anatomy of a citation (i.e. the required elements and their order) for most common sources.

Online Activity