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ENG 204: Advanced Academic Writing

FAQs ENG 204

On this page read a list of common questions asked by ENG 204 students.

Read how AUS Librarians answer these questions.

If you have further research questions ask a librarian at the Research Help Desk on the first floor of the library.

Librarians Answer

The questions below are all actual questions asked by previous ENG 204 students with answers written by our librarians.

If you need further assistance, don't hesitate to visit or contact the Research Help Desk (details in left sidebar).

How can I use the databases to find relevant statistics?

Answer:  Try including the word statistics as part of your search eg.  bullying AND "college students" AND statistics.  Think about the types of sources likely to provide statistical data: government documents and reports, newspaper articles, academic studies.  Refine your search results in the left column of WorldCat to Content Type or by Subject.

How do I know if a source is credible?

Answer:  As WorldCat searches through library owned content and published content through our subscription databases, it is safe to say that sources are credible.  It depends also on the type of information you need for your paper.  You will need to consider the date of publication, also where this information is coming from.  In WorldCat it is possible to limit your search to articles from scholarly publications, including peer-reviewed articles.  However, if you are looking for an opinion piece, a newspaper editorial or a magazine article may be better. 

For more information, take a look at our library Learning Modules:

Can results be filtered to the most recent journal articles?

Answer:  In WorldCat you can easily filter your results by publication year.  Perhaps you only want to view articles published from the year 2010 to the present day.  From the left hand column of WorldCat, scroll down to Year and select your preferred date range.

What are the best keywords for searching?

Answer:  Coming up with keywords or search terms which will retrive the best results is one of the most challenging aspects of research.  Subject Encyclopedias in the library's reference collection provide good overview and background information on broad topics, they are also a great place to find words specific to your field of research or discipline area.  Look under the Reference Sources tab of this Libguide for a list of recommended subject encyclopedias.  Also - look for Subject Terms listed in WorldCat results and use these to help guide and build more specific searches.  Watch the AUS Library Selecting Search Terms video and use the AUS Library's Keyword Builder Template to keep track of and build on possible search terms.

What's the best way to find a good, interesting research topic?

Answer:  Deciding on a topic is the starting point of your research.  Consider choosing a topic you find interesting or want to know more about.  Look under the Finding a Topic tab of this Libguide for a list of suggestions. 

Does the library have a program that can help with citations and reference lists?

Answer:  AUS librarians have put together a useful guide to using APA style which lists working examples of all source types.  Follow these APA citation examples when preparing your list of references.  To access the guide, look under the APA tab of this Libguide.  The Library also provides access to a number of citation tools which will help you collect, manage and format your sources.  These tools are called EndNote Web and Zotero.  Ask at the Ressearch Help Desk on the first floor for help with using these tools.

Where can I get help with my research?

Answer:  To get help with your ENG 204 research paper, explore this LibGuide!  You can also visit the Research Help Desk located on the first floor of the library where you can get assistance from a librarian.  For details, look at the Getting Help section on the left side of this page. 

What's the difference between a research question and a thesis statement?

Answer:  A research question addresses a question to be solved.  A thesis statement is a tentative answer to a research question.  When responding to a thesis statement, you must ensure that you provide convincing evidence to support your thesis (giving due consideration to contradicting evidence).