ENG 101 Guide

Villa Maria College Library

The journal articles you need for your assignments can be found in our online databases.

The complete list of databases available can be found on our website.

Articles not available in full text can be requested through Interlibrary Loan (ILL). Contact the library for help with ILL.

Off-campus access to most online databases requires a username and password. Drop by the library to get this information.

Search for Books, eBooks, Print Journals and DVDs

The library's online catalog, Alexandria, can be used to find both books and ebooks.

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!


Find the ebooks you need by searching either the library catalog, Alexandria, or by searching directly in our ebook collection from EBSCO.


Find current and archived journals in the South Room in the library. Print journals can be borrowed for one week. Some additional titles are also available for single issues and archives.

Online Encyclopedias

With quick, factual questions or to get a basic overview of a topic, try an encyclopedia:

Britannica Online

Additional Resources

Evaluation Tips for Online Resources

If you choose to use resources from the open web (e.g. websites you find in a Google search), keep the CRAAP test from the CSU, Chico Meriam Library in mind:


  • 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.


Citation and Writing Help

MLA Citation and Formatting Guide

Help getting your paper set up properly, create both your in-text citations and your Works Cited page. Includes sample pages and Microsoft Word tips.

Citation Machine

Citation generators can make formatting your citations a lot easier. Don't forget: you still need to review your citations for accuracy and formatting!

Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL)

Citation help for both APA and MLA, research help, general and subject-specific writing as well as ESL are addressed here.

How to Write a College Paper

Villanova University's Writing Center's guide covers the steps to writing a college paper from getting started to polishing tips.

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.

Writing Resources from Hamilton College

Guides for writing essays in many different subject areas, personal statements, labs, journals, as well as citation and grammar help.