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ENGL 1010 & 1020: 1. Begin

Research process and resources for ENGL 1010 & 1020 essays

Navigating the Vol State Library Website

This 5-minute video shows you how to use the library's website.

What is your assignment?

Your assignment determines the type of information needed. There may be date restrictions or specific information types needed. For example, you may need to use a scholarly journal article published in the last 5 years. Your topic is another factor in the process, but more on that in Steps 2 and 3.

Essay examples

Review essays in expository writing and researched arguments in the Vol State English Department's collection of best student essays. Links to these "Best Essays" are on the department's web page.

Ask a Librarian

 Stop by the ASK desk at your campus library
 Call 615-230-3400
 Text 615-956-2275
 Email librarian@volstate.edu for research assistance
 Email circulation@volstate.edu with other library questions
 Meet with us by requesting a Research Consultation Appointment
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Vol State Tutoring & Writing Support

The Learning Commons is available for all Vol State students seeking tutoring assistance and more. They provide help with writing and citing, including the basics of
  • Generating ideas and creating your thesis and focus, and development
  • Grammar, punctuation, and mechanics
  • Citing and writing with MLA, APA, AMA, and Chicago/Turabian styles

In addition, online help is available through eLearn. Look for the links to Essay Review and Writing Support in the Academic Support support of your course page in eLearn.