English 3, 4, and 5



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Books, Articles, and More 

Albert Plus

Combines Albert (books, videos, etc.) and Multisearch (articles)

Albert Plus searches the books/videos catalog and 100 article databases with one easy search box. 

Multisearch is also a search engine for 100 article databases.

Encyclopedias and Handbooks

Credo Reference LogoLiterati Academic Logo

Credo Literati contains encyclopedia, dictionary, and handbook entries—it's like the Library's Wikipedia, but with credible sources. 


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).


New York Times

SMC Library provides a free digital subscription to NYTimes.com; click here to sign up for an account.


Not finding what you need? Try these databases too:

Academic Search Complete has scholarly and popular articles on a variety of subjects.

ProQuest's databases search newspaper articles, scholarly journal articles, and theses/dissertations.


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Getting Started with Research

The Research Process  So You Just Got Assigned a Research Paper How Do I Narrow a Topic?


Evaluating Your Sources

  Research on the Open Web    Evaluating Sources Video Peer Review


Citing Your Sources

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


Searching the Databases

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


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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