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Composition II - Argument and Persuasion

Using This Research Guide

This Research Guide provides tutorials on how to use the Library's system to find the resources you will need for your Composition II research assignment. Click on the tabs along the top to learn about different aspects of the research process.

  • Finding Books/eBooks/DVDs: Find books/eBooks, DVDs, and other material found in the library. Also learn how to request material from other campuses or colleges.
  • Searching Strategies: How to effectively work with the Catalog to provide the best results.
  • Finding Articles: Find articles and other online material in our databases. Use the navigation menu on the left for instructions on how to use our recommended databases (Academic Search Complete, America's Newspapers, and Opposing Viewpoints).
  • What is a Scholarly (Peer Reviewed) Journal article?: Learn the difference between a scholarly vs. a non-scholarly article.
  • Web Sites: Learn what type of web sites are acceptable for academic use. Use this tab for suggested web sites and for tips on evaluating web sites.
  • MLA Citation Help: Resources to help cite print and online resources in MLA format.
  • Smarthinking: Video on how to access the online tutoring service available through MySJRstate.
  • Information Literacy: Tutorial modules designed to provide a foundation for understanding the research process.


We hope you find the information in this Research Guide helpful. There are more guides available for other classes, so feel free to explore this site and take advantage of everything it has to offer. A listing of other guides is located to the left in the Subjects box.