ENG101 Urban Legends & Myths Guide
Villa Maria College Library
Search for Books, eBooks, Print Journals and DVDs
Books in the standard collection may be borrowed for three weeks. Books placed on reserve by your professor will have a shorter loan period. Books not available from the library can be borrowed through AcademicSHARE or Interlibrary Loan (ILL). Contact the library for help. To find items held by Villa and other libraries, try WorldCat.
Don't forget your Villa Maria College ID card to check out books!
The complete list of databases available can be found on our website.
Off-campus access to most online databases requires a username and password. Drop by the library to get this information.
Check the library's website for a full listing of databases.
Online Historical Newspapers
The full run of the Brooklyn Daily Eagle newspaper from 1841 to 1955 has been digitized and made available by the Brooklyn Public Library's local history division. Other Brooklyn-related periodicals are also available.
This Library of Congress collection includes historic newspaper pages from 1836-1922. The US Newspaper Directory can also be used to find information about American newspapers published from 1690 to the present (yes, 1690!).
Despite the look of the website, Fulton History has one of the largest digitized collections of American newspapers. Available dates range from the 1800s to the early 2000s.
site: Use this command to limit your search results to a particular site or to a domain
Example 1: site:villa.edu will limit your search exclusively to Villa Maria College's site
Example 2: site:.edu will limit your search to sites ending in .edu (educational institutions)
- Use this command to exclude items from your results
Example 1: jaguar speed -car will give you results about the animal NOT the car
Example 2: pandas -site:wikipedia.org will give you results about pandas but NOT from Wikipedia
Evaluation of Online Resources
- When? Publication date, post date, updates
- Related to your topic, Intended audience
- Who created it? Are they qualified to write on the topic?
- Where does the information come from? Evidence? Reviewed? Unbiased?
- What is the purpose of the resource? Inform, teach, sell, entertain or persuade? Is it fact, opinion or propaganda?
Evaluating information is an essential step in quality research.
Remember, your assignment says NO WIKIPEDIA!
Additional Writing and Citation Resources
Guidelines for formatting your paper, in-text citations and your works cited page using MLA.
Citation generators can make formatting your citations a lot easier. Don't forget: you still need to review your citations for accuracy and formatting!
Villanova University's Writing Center's guide covers the steps to writing a college paper from getting started to polishing tips.
Citation help for both APA and MLA, research help, general and subject-specific writing as well as ESL are addressed here.
Writing in College: A Short Guide to College Writing
The University of Chicago's collegiate writing guide is a resource for bringing your writing to the college level.
Guides for writing essays in many different subject areas, personal statements, labs, journals, as well as citation and grammar help.