English 3, 4, and 5

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Gale Virtual Reference Library 

Gale Virtual Reference Library has hundreds of encyclopedias, so you can do background research on a variety of topics.


Opposing Viewpoints link



Opposing Viewpoints is a great place to find alternative points of view. It contains opinion pieces, academic journal articles, magazine and newspaper articles, statistics, and more.


CQ Researcher Link

CQ Researcher publishes in-depth reports on hot topics. Like Wikipedia, but better written with more credible sources (although on fewer topics).


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How to Cite Your Sources (Library FAQs)

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Using the Library Website


Getting Started with Research

The Research Process Picking Your Topic Is Research How Do I Narrow a Topic?


Evaluating Your Sources

Research on the Open Web Evaluating Sources Video Peer Review


Searching in Databases

Choosing & Using Keywords Tutorial Search Techniques: Part 1 Search Techniques: Part 2
    Refining Search Results


Citing Your Sources

Plagiarism MLA Citations Video How to format your MLA essay in Word video

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Need to borrow a copy of your textbook from the Library?

English 3 & 4 textbook:

English 4 textbook

Writing Handbook for Saint Mary's College 

(aka "Big Red" or Trimble & Little, Brown)

English 5 textbook:

Writing Research Papers Across the Curriculum

Writing Research Papers Across the Curriculum