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English 1301 - Composition I: Home

Resources to help you select and write about controversial issues and current topics.

Off Campus Access

The library's databases are trustworthy sources of published information that include journals, magazines, newspapers, government documents, primary sources, images, maps, and TV and radio transcripts. You'll be asked to login when searching from off-campus. The username is your TJC A# and the password is the last 4 digits of your A# plus your 4 digit year of birth. For example, using A00012345 and the birth year of 1992, your login would be:

Username = A00012345
Password =   23451992

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Selecting a Topic

Can't decide on a topic? Tired of the same old boring ones? Browse hundreds of topics in three of our databases designed especially for controversial issues and topics, Points of View Reference CenterSirs or Gale Opposing Viewpoints in Context.

Databases are a great way to find articles that have been published about your topic, and a search of the online catalog will show you what books we have in the library collection. Be sure to select a topic of personal interest and it will help you to stay motivated during the research process!

Your searches will be more productive if you select a topic that's not too broad. Here's an example of how you might broaden or narrow the topic of drug abuse.

Drug abuse - too broad
Drug abuse and crime - better, but still a bit broad
Drug abuse and crime and United States - more manageable list of results


Copy & Paste Citation Formatting Alert!

To remove links and web formatting from a citation tool:

Williams, Patricia J. “Guilty Until Proven Innocent.” Nation, vol. 296, no. 14, Apr. 2013, p. 10. EBSCOhost,

Highlight the text and press CTRL+spacebar:

Williams, Patricia J. “Guilty Until Proven Innocent.” Nation, vol. 296, no. 14, Apr. 2013, p. 10. EBSCOhost,

Writing References To Get You Started

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