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ENGL 102: Composition II, Desiree Simons

Research guide for Desiree Simons' English 102 course.

Using Encyclopedias to Get Started

Why Encyclopedias?

Encyclopedias are an excellent place to begin your research! 

  • Find background information, overviews, summaries, statistics, etc.
  • Find keywords for searching
  • Written by subject experts

Searching for Library Books

Library Catalog: Search for books, e-books, and streaming films




Search the Library Catalog to find books.


Catalog Search Tip to find e-books: 

Using the search box above will open a new tab. In the library catalog's results page, under Show Only, select the "Available Online" filter. This will narrow the results to only e-books that you can access off-campus.

Why Books?

Scholarly books are a great source for comprehensive, in-depth information. You don't have to read a whole book cover-to-cover for your research. Look at the table of contents and the index pages to find the sections that are most relevant to your topic. 

How to search in the library catalog:

This short video tutorial demonstrates how to search the Seattle Central library catalog for books, ebooks, and multimedia items.

How do I...? Research - Video Tutorials

These tutorials are helpful to watch at the beginning of your research process because they share strategies for choosing searchable topics, brainstorming keywords, and making connections among your searches.

Need more help?

Need more citation assistance? Librarians are ready to help! See the Ask the Library page for ways to contact a librarian.