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HON 101 (Rhetoric: Critical Communication): Introduction

This guide provides an introduction to research for students in HON 101.


Research instruction demonstrates how to locate and evaluate sources for a research paper or project. With your HON 101 class, you will learn to locate relevant books, full-text articles, and useful internet sites. 

This guide is only an introduction. Seek help from the PLNU librarians when you need it. 

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Before you Begin

Before you begin your research, you should:

  1. Think about what types of information you think you will need to find. 
  2. Decide what kind of source is likely to offer that type of information.
Type of information Where to find it
  • newspapers
  • websites from news organizations
  • databases 
Information about a specific organization/company
  • websites 
  • company profiles 
Research article
  • scholarly journals
Personal accounts
  • magazines 
  • news articles 
  • blogs
  • websites 
  • scholarly journals 
History, overview, definitions (scholarly)
  • subject encyclopedias
  • books 
History, overview (popular)
  • magazines 
  • books

Annotated Bibliography Assignment

This assignment will be distributed to all College Composition classes during their first Library Research Instruction Session.  A copy of the assignment is provided here for convenience, as well as a copy of a sample paper.

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