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ENGL 015: Rhetoric and Composition (Cook)

Library Worksheet

PART I: Library Worksheet Type out your answers and upload your completed worksheet to the appropriate Drop-Box on CANVAS. Questions 1-3 are due no later than 11:59 PM on Tuesday, March 31.

1. Penn State Library System

A. What is the name of the Penn State online catalogue?

B. What kinds of resources can you get from The CAT? What can you NOT find in the CAT?

C. List three online reference sources (e.g. dictionary) which you can access from the Penn State Library Home Page.

2. Finding Book Titles

Search Mary Louise Pratt in the CAT. Find the book entitled Imperial Eyes: Travel Writing and Transculturation. How many copies did you find? Are all copies in the same form? Choose one. Where is this book located? Can you check it out at the Behrend library?

3. Finding Journal Articles

A. How can you find journal articles by subject?

B. What databases might you search for topics about Language and Identity?

C. Search the JSTOR databases for Language and Discrimination.

i. How many entries did you get?

ii. Go back and modify your search to include full text articles only which have been published in the last 3 years only. Now how many do you get?

iii. Choose one article. Give the complete bibliographical citation for this article. How can you access the full text of the article online?

Assignment created by Dr. Mary Connerty, adapted by Michelle Cook.

Formal Sentence Outline

You will create a formal outline for your final research paper. It will present your thesis, the major points in support of that thesis, and the sub-points supporting each major point. It may have additional levels of sub-sub-points if you feel that is necessary, and it can include transitions to signal moving from one section/topic to another. The basic idea of a formal outline is that different types of letters or numbers (I, A, 1, a, i) represent different levels of the hierarchy of your paper, and sub-levels are indented below main levels.

The important concept to remember when formatting your outline is that the relations among ideas should be clear. The reader should be able to see at a glance which are the main points, which are the secondary points, which are at the third level of importance, and so on. It should also be obvious which secondary points belong under which main points. This is accomplished by using different numbering for different levels and indenting the less subordinate levels. More detailed information is given on CANVAS.

Your sentence outline should, if done thoroughly and carefully, represent almost a first draft of your research paper. Once you have written it, the paper will practically write itself. You will just be filling in the blanks, so to speak—providing specific examples and other support to flesh out and prove the ideas you have already sketched out. The purpose, in other words, of doing this work is not to make work for you, but to save you work in the long run by breaking the job down into smaller, manageable tasks.

Draft 1 of your sentence outline will be due by 11:59 PM EST to Canvas on Thursday, April 2 in preparation for Zoom conferences with Mrs. Cook. The final draft of your sentence outline will be due by 11:59 PM EST to Canvas on Thursday, April 9.

Assignment created by Dr. Connerty, Penn State Behrend