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English 10: Foundations of Literary Studies (Hatton/Omeiza)

Head, Research & Learning Services

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Bronwen Maxson
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5200 North Lake Road, KL 275
Merced, CA 95343

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the session, you will be able to:

  • Search for and obtain materials to use in your research
  • Use library databases to find relevant sources
  • Request materials from other libraries using InterLibrary Loan (ILL)
  • Know how to contact librarians for help

Research is a Process (Infographic)

Research is an iterative process. Instead of straightforward and linear, it is repetitive and cyclical. As you move through the steps to learn, you should modify and revise your strategies. Don't be afraid to return to an earlier step to reset your process!Research is a Process infographic; follow the long description link for a web accessible version

Long description of "Research is a Process" for web accessibility

9/21/2023 Library Instruction Session

Lesson Plan Outline

  1. Welcome & Introductions
    • Required Readings - ILL or ebooks
    • VPN (Homework)
  2. How to develop an interesting research question/thesis?
    • Reading as part of the process
  3. Close reading activity 
  4. Background Information (what you use to get familiar with a topic) vs. Foreground information (the research you cite)
  5. Discussion of Citation Managers and ways to keep research organized (see step 5)
  6. Feedback / Exit Slip - Please help improve instruction from UC Merced Library!


To access library databases from off campus, you MUST download and install the VPN. See below for information on how to do that.

Access Library Resources from Off Campus (VPN)

VPN software allows you to connect to the library's online articles and eBooks from off campus.

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