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English 102 Close: Class Visit

Welcome and Instructions

Hello English 102 Students,

I'm sorry we didn't get a chance to meet in person again this semester! I've created the lesson plan below to familiarize you with library resources and help you develop the skills needed to complete your argumentative research paper. If you have any questions for me while you are working on this lesson, please feel free to contact me. You can reach me at or call/text 773-270-0504.

Katie Ediger, Truman College Library Department Chair 

Lesson Plan

1. Review the guidelines for your argumentative research essay. 
The guidelines can be found in your class BrightSpace page. You'll need 8 to 10 primary and/or secondary sources for this assignment.  

2. Search Strategies.

Watch the video linked below: "How Should I Search in a Database?" (1 min 27 seconds). After watching take this quick quiz to test your knowledge on keyword searching (don't worry, it's not graded!). 

3. Keywords.

Now apply what you learned about keywords to your own topic. Start by completing the first page of this worksheet (available below as a word document or PDF).  

4. Explore Encore, the Library Discovery Tool.

Watch the video below for an introduction to using Encore. Because the physical library is currently closed, we'll focus on online resources. Search for your own topic using this tool.  

5. Explore Library Databases.

The video below provides a quick demo of the Chicago Tribune database, which will be a helpful source for many of you. Once you enter your search terms, try filtering/ refining your results to get more targeted results. Take a moment to open each database below and enter your keywords. 

6. Evaluate Sources. 

Watch the video below: "The CRAP Test for Evaluating Websites" (5 min 45 seconds). Complete page two of your worksheet, evaluating two items that you found using library databases. After you have completed your worksheet, upload it to the "Class Notes" folder for today's session in BrightSpace to get credit for this lesson.  

Truman College Librarian

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