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English 102: Introduction to Research: Introduction

Research Guide for Introduction to Research for English 102

Introduction to Research for English 102

Welcome to Introduction to Research for English 102. This class will prepare you to complete research papers for English 102 classes, as outlined in the assignment handouts.

Make note of this Research Guide. The information contained within will help you as you make your way through the Academic Research process.

Mission Statement

The mission of bibliographic instruction is to provide students with the knowledge, skills, and tools needed to do scholarly research. As students of this English 102 Class, your mission is to take what you learn today and put it into practice in completing your assignments. Even then, the mission is far from over. As undergraduates, you will find that these skills will frequently be put to use since what you learn here can be applied to many other classes. Once you have the basics down, it will be up to you to continue to practice these skills.

After attending this class, students will be able to:

  • Develop a research plan
  • Evaluate information sources
  • Know how use the QuickSearch Library Catalog to find books and other materials
  • Know how to use research databases to find articles and other materials
  • Know how to prepare quick bibliographies in MLA style
  • Know where to go and who to talk to when you need research assistance

Reference and Instruction Librarian

Reviewing Library Basics


Introduction to approaching a paper topic and using some of the basic services provided by the Rutgers University Libraries.  Includes videos and exercises to build your research awareness.  

Library procedures at a glance.


This guide was originally created by Tammy Syrek-Marshall

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