ENG101: "Letter from a Birmingham Jail"

This guide was created to aid Professor Donna Hayle's ENG101 with their "Letter from a Birmingham Jail" writing assignment.

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   Start Your Research Here: 

  • The search box above finds the library's books and e-books, and does a broad, shallow meta-search across 100 library databases. 
    • Sign in with your college username/password to get best results, request print books and save searches. 
    • Then, search specific library databases below to fill in any gaps. 
  • One this page:
    • The first column below has tutorials on doing college-level research and help with specific databases. 
    • The middle column offers some library databases to search to find book chapters, article and more.
    • The last column suggests some additional sources to fill in any gaps in your research. 

New to College Research?

  • If you search the library's "Start Your Research Here" box, sign in with your college username/password to get the best results.
  • For specific database tutorials, see the bottom of this column. 

Searching for Sources

Search terms and strings to try while searching in our catalog and databases:

  • "police reform"
  • "policing reform"
  • "law enforcement" AND reform
  • ("law enforcement" OR police) AND reform
  • "organizational change" AND (police OR policing)
  • "criminal justice system" AND reform
  • "police corruption"
  • "police brutality"
  • police AND reform
  • police AND "civil rights"



Research Instruction: Library Homepage and Eng101/102

Review database searching techniques:

ENG101 Research: Database Tutorials

If you're new to searching specific databases, these tutorials may help:

For Quick Background

These databases offer overviews and summaries of the issues and pro-con information on issues. 

ProQuest Central will find many additional articles from thousands of magazines and newspapers (New York Times, Wall Street Journal, etc.): 

These will find statistics: 

Scholarly Sources

How do you know a "Scholarly Article" (also referred to as academic articles or peer-reviewed articles) when you come across one?

Articles in different fields may differ slightly (a scholarly article comparing two works of literature will lack data, graphs, and discussions of methodology, while a paper on the study of a new medication SHOULD have all of those things), but ALL scholarly articles will have items 1-5, and 7-8 on this list, as well as a references page (or works cited, or bibliography; the name varies depending on the field)


Books In Our Library

The titles listed here (and many more) can be accessed by copy/pasting titles into the Start Your Research Here box above.

E-books can be read online by clicking the link below "full text availability", and physical books can be held for you at the library by clicking into a book's catalog record and selecting "Request for pickup at Library Circulation Desk". 

Video Resources

Stuck on finding those last few sources for your paper or project? Consider using  a video resource!

Videos from Films on Demand:

  • Find interviews with authors, scientists, economists, and more to use as a paper resource!
  • Watch dramatizations of popular short stories for a greater understanding
  • Find videos about complex academic concepts for a greater understanding;
  • Watch archived news programs, documentaries, educational series, and more that can be used as a paper reference!
  • Find non-educational programs to watch for fun!

Examples of Films on Demand offerings:

Reference Librarian

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