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ENGL 100 - Intro to College Writing: Home


This guide was created for students in the ENGL 100: Intro to College Writing course at SUNY Cobleskill. The tabs at the top of this page will guide you through resources at Van Wagenen Library (both in print and online) that should help you find, evaluate, and cite sources for your research.

Finding Articles

If you're looking only for articles--including scholarly, peer-reviewed journal articles--use the dropdown menu beside the main search box to select "Articles."

choose articles in dropdown menu

Enter a few important subject-related keywords in the search box and hit the "Search" button.

You can narrow your results even further on your search results screen. If you're only interested in articles from Scholarly, Peer-Reviewed journals, look for the "Limit To" panel and click the box that says "Scholarly Sources." Your results list will be updated to weed out non-scholarly sources.

check the Scholarly Sources icon in the Limit To panel


Topic Selection

Getting Materials

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the library's physical collection is currently 'by request' only. You'll need to request any books, issues of journals, or other items that you wish to use for your paper and then library staffers will get them for you.

While you can request materials in person at the front desk, it's easier to do it ahead of time and just pick them up when they're ready for you.

  1. Search for the item you want on the library's home page:
  2. Log in if you haven't already.
  3. Click on Place Request and then Send Request.
  4. We'll email you when it's ready for pick up.

You can even request a scan of just a chapter if that's all you need; use the Request a Scan button.

Please see the COVID guide for other changes related to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Getting Materials-Demo

This quick tutorial shows you step-by-step how to request materials from the library's collection.