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ENG101: College Writing (Hague): Getting Started With Your Research

Research - Where do I Start?

This guide will help you get started in the research process for your ENG 101 class. Use the links located on the pages of this guide (and the tabs at the top) to help you find the information you need.  You can search using the drop down menu, the library catalog, or the databases. And remember, you can always contact me, or any of the BCC Research Librarians for help! For an hour of one-on-one help, use the form on the Book-A-Librarian form.


These are a few handouts below to assist you with your research.

The Synthesis Matrix is a great tool. 

A synthesis matrix is a chart that allows a researcher to sort and categorize the different arguments or issues presented on an topic/issue. Across the top of the chart are the spaces to record sources, and along the side of the chart are the spaces to record the main ideas on the topic at hand. As you examine your first source, you will work vertically in the column belonging to that source, summarizing each significant idea presented in the work. Follow a similar pattern for your following sources

Accessing BCC Library Resources from Off-Campus

When you are off campus (or in locations without a recognized IP address), you will be required to verify that you are a current BCC student by entering either your 900 number or your BCC Campus Card ID.

Web links to get you started

Student Feedback Survey

Tell us what you thought about today's research demonstration.  Please click on the link below and honestly fill out the questions.  Thank you for helping us to improve our instruction program!

Developing a Topic is Research

Choosing a Topic

Reference Librarian

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Laura Hogan
Attleboro Campus


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