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ENG 1061/1070 English Composition/Effective Speaking: Home

Getting started with background research for composition and speech topics.

Sources for writing help

Castleton resources

The Academic Support Center at Castleton offers writing clinics, tutoring, academic counseling and more. Visit the center in Babcock Hall or call to make an appointment:  468-1347

A Guide to the Castleton University Writing Standards (pdf)

Other resources

The Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Purdue University

The Writing Center at the University of Wisconsin

Help with grammar

Grammar and Punctuation from The Writing Center at the University of Wisconsin


Common errors in English Usage from Washington State University

Using sources

Getting started with your research

See the tabs above
to take you to starting places for research

Some tips:

1) Your challenge is NOT to find *something* on your topic, it's to find the most appropriate information–of the best quality–for your task! You won't necessarily use the first materials you find.

2) Choose a topic that's meaningful to you personally.  You'll do a better job.  See the Choosing your topic tab on this guide for many sources of ideas.

3) Use Advanced Search for more control over your search.

4)  Start your research early

  • to have time to find the best sources
  • to use interlibrary loan
  • to avoid feeling desperate and losing sleep!

What is an "academic" source? 

In general, this means a source that is...

  • written by an expert with academic credentials (degrees)
  • published by an academic publisher
  • includes references to sources consulted, including a bibliography and often in-text citations

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Miranda Axworthy
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