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ENGL 1020: English Composition 1020

This guide will help you devise a search strategy from a research question, find resources, and get through that big paper.

Library Resources

Search Almost Everything

Library Databases vs. Google

Watch the short video below (for real though, what is a library database?), then scroll down and dive into library resources.

If you're researching an historical aspect of Memphis, check out McWherter Library's Special Collections. There are also mini-guides for Memphis music, education, crime/violence, urban parks, and urban art.

This tutorial was created especially for you to learn how to find academic sources:

Online Tutorial: Finding Sources


Background Information

Start exploring potential topics using these databases:

Multidisciplinary Library Databases

Search for your topic in these huge multidisciplinary databases:

Subject-Specific Library Databases

You may find useful scholarly information in several of these databases:


Use numbers, graphics, and maps to back up your argument. Some of these are links to government websites, and some are links to library databases. You have access to all of these: