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ENGL 2089: Intermediate Composition (UCBA)

Starting point for research for all sections of ENGL 2089.

Student Pre-Work

For course sections that have a library instruction class:

  • Please complete the pre-work noted in Steps 1-4 so you're ready to go for the library instruction class. 
  • Questions? Contact Lauren Wahman, UCBA Librarian, at

Step 1: Watch Research Ideas Tutorial + Create Concept Map

Watch this short video and create a concept map using your research topic. Use the Word template provided, use blank paper, whatever format works for you. 

Reminder: Bring map to the library instruction class.

Step 2: Watch Summon: Beyond the Basics

This tutorial reviews advanced tips and tricks for using the Summon search engine.

Summon Basics

Optional: Watch the Summon Basics video if you're new to Summon or just need a quick review.

Step 3: Watch Types of Articles

Step 4: Review Sources for Class Activity

In the library instruction class, we'll be working on a small group activity using the following topic:

Is voter fraud a problem?

Please review the following six (6) sources before the library instruction class.  This includes reading the source, critically analyzing what is being said, and why it matters.  The activity will focus around the idea of "conversation" so keep that in mind when reviewing the sources.  You may find it helpful to take notes while reviewing the source.  Bring those notes to the library instruction class.

Note: Most of the sources link to the full text.  If not, look for the PDF link to view the full text.

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