Accessing IVCC Library Databases from Home

When researching from a home for computer or one that is not using IVCC’s wifi while on campus, you’ll need to “log in” before you can access the library’s research databases. Here’s the process:

  1. pull up the IVCC library homepage
  2. click on the database in which you’d like to research
  3. it’ll redirect you to a log in screen, you’ll enter 24611 + your student number + 01, and then enter your last name.
  4. you will then have access to research
  5. log in again if your computer remains idle for a long period of time or you navigate away from the library page
  6. NOTE: if it’s still not working, try a different web browser (Chrome instead of Firefox or Firefox instead of Internet Explorer) and make sure your computer is allowing “pop-ups” from the IVCC website.

 

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Primary versus Secondary Sources

First off, this description is specific to the Fiction Essay and Poetry Essay assignments in my ENG 1002 course, both face-to-face and online. Each of those essays asks students to use primary and secondary source citation to make a critical argument about a piece of short fiction or a poem/pair of poems.

Primary Source

The short story or poetry you are analyzing in  your essay. If your essay is about Disney’s Frozen, then Frozen is your primary source.

Here is an example way in which you can incorporate a primary source citation into your essay writing.

Secondary Source

The article(s) you use to support or make your critical/analytical claims about your short story or poetry. In most academic writing, the secondary source will fall into one of two categories (these categories will vary from instructor to instructor and assignment to assignment based on the assignment and course learning outcomes at hand):

  • academic secondary source: a scholarly journal article found via IVCC’s library databases, a reputable Internet article, streaming content from a TED talk or reputable podcast, and/or a personal interview. Many instructors will allow .org or .gov sites.
  • non-academic secondary source: Internet articles that may not have all of the WWWs, sites such as Wikipedia or Wikihow, documentaries from streaming sites such as Netflix (some instructors will consider documentaries as academic), social media posts, and most general .com sites.

You are expected to know what types of secondary sources are required for each writing assignment. And here is a link to the IVCC Stylebook ‘s “Using Sources” page with additional information about finding credible sources, representing sources fairly, where to use source information, and how to balance your writing voice with that of your sources.

Commonly Used Library Databases

Depending on the ENG 1002 learning module you’re working in, you’ll need to use one or more library database articles for your formal essay assignment. Here are the most commonly used library database resources:

Remember that you’ll need to log into the library site if you’re not using a campus computer. When you reach the log in screen, you’ll enter 24611 + your purple student number + 01, and then enter your last name.

Poetry Essay Primary Source Citation

The IVCC Stylebook includes examples of citing poetry as does our textbook, pgs. 411-412. But I’ve also included some example here with “made-up” poems–you will input your own poem’s title, author name, line numbers, and page numbers (when applicable). I’ve included both direct quote and paraphrase/summary citation examples.

These examples are geared toward the Poetry Essay assignment, but please note the three main expectations when citing poetry in your essay writing:

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Works Cited Page Formatting

This includes information for the Fiction and Poetry essays in my spring 2017 semester ENG 1002 class, but can also serve as an example for my LIT 2013 class. First off, here’s the main page about “Creating Works Cited Entries” link from IVCC’s Stylebook, and here’s a sample Works Cited page. Note the hanging tab (that extra indented white space before the extra lines of each entry) and how all the entries are alphabetized. Here’s how to format a hanging tab.

Fiction Essay Works Cited Page

Students are required to include the primary source (chosen short story), secondary academic source (Gale database article), and the editors of the textbook if you’re including information taken from the cultural context.

The below examples DO NOT include hanging tab formatting (that’s a nightmare for a blog) and are categorized as primary source, secondary source, and textbook cultural context

Primary Source:

Pond, Amy. “Traveling Through the Multiverse.” Literature and the Writing Process, edited by Elizabeth McMann et al., 10th edition, Pearson, 2015. pp. xxx-xx.

Gale content written by Gale editors:

“Blackberry Winter.” Short Stories for Students, edited by Iva Mark Milne, vol. 8, Gale, 2000, pp. 1-23. Gale Virtual Reference Library, http://go.galegroup.com/ps/ i.do?p=GVRL&sw=w&u=uiuc_ivcc&v=2.1&id=GALE%7CCX2695500012&it=r&asid=b31b87705ad5123852 5a58424b977ab9.

Gale content written specifically for the Gale series:

Metzger, Sheri. “Essay on ‘A Doll’s House.'” Drama for Students, edited by David Galens and Lynn Spampinato, vol. 1, Gale, 1998, pp. 116-19. Gale Virtual Reference Library, go.galegroup.com/ps/i.do?p=GVRL&sw=w&u=uiuc_ivcc&v=2.1&id=GALE%7CCX2692600 015&it=r&asid=3a27b5a54fefb19b5aec945fc4bfa233.

Gale content originally published in a journal:

Vedder, William. “Who is Jane?: The Intricate Feminism of Charlotte Perkins Gilman.” Short Story Criticism, edited by Lawrence J. Trudeau, vol. 182, 2013, pp. 231-49. Short Story Criticism Online, go.galegroup.com/ps/ i.do?p=LCO&sw=w&u=uiuc_ivcc&v=2.1&it=r&id=GALE%7COLPTFD849176101&asid=1fbf9212e6f c789a9206e1f72d7dae5c. Originally published in Arizona Quarterly, vol. 44, 1988, pp. 40-79.

Gale content originally published in a book:

Vernado, S. L. “The Idea of the Numinous in Gothic Literature.” Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism, edited by Jennifer Baise, vol. 85, Gale, 1999, pp. 328-34. Literature Criticism Online, go.galegroup.com/ps/i.do?p=LCO&sw=w&u=uiuc_ivcc&v=2.1&it=r&id=GALE%7CIOGEAM8 67694925&asid=1659d5f4bf66b42ec0be0e570c3503eb. Originally published in The Gothic Imagination: Essays in Dark Romanticism, edited by G. R. Thompson, Washington State UP, 1974, pp. 11-21

Content from textbook’s cultural context:

McMann, Elizabeth et al., eds. Literature and the Writing Process, 10th edition, Pearson, 2015. pp. xxx-xx

Poetry Essay Works Cited Page

Students are expected to use one or two primary sources (your chosen poem(s)) that come from either our textbook or Poetry FoundationAdditionally, students must find a scholarly journal article from one of the library’s databases and an article from a reputable Internet source (there’s a list in Blackboard but common ones include Slate Magazine, The Atlantic, The Guardian).

The below examples DO NOT include hanging tab formatting (that’s a nightmare for a blog) and are categories as primary source, secondary source, and textbook cultural context

Primary Source from textbook:

Pond, Amy. “Traveling Through the Multiverse.” Literature and the Writing Process, edited by Elizabeth McMann et al., 10th edition, Pearson, 2015. pp. xxx-xx.

Primary Source from Poetry Foundation:

Of-the-Southern-Isles, Hans. “My Frozen Heart.” Poetry Foundation, date last updated, url.

Secondary Reputable Internet Source:

Jasmine, Princess. “Because He Freed the Genie.” Slate Magazine, date last updated, url.

Academic Search Complete or Proquest

Granger, Hermione. “Evil Stops With Good.” Magical Wisdom Medical Associationvol. 5 issue 6, 2009. pp. 882-98. Academic Search Complete, url.

Issues and Controversies Secondary Source Article

Scully, William. “Grandson of CSM and Son of Spooky.” Issues & Controversies, 1999, url

Gale content written by Gale editors:

“Blackberry Winter.” Short Stories for Students, edited by Iva Mark Milne, vol. 8, Gale, 2000, pp. 1-23. Gale Virtual Reference Library, http://go.galegroup.com/ps/ i.do?p=GVRL&sw=w&u=uiuc_ivcc&v=2.1&id=GALE%7CCX2695500012&it=r&asid=b31b87705ad5123852 5a58424b977ab9.

Gale content written specifically for the Gale series:

Metzger, Sheri. “Essay on ‘A Doll’s House.'” Drama for Students, edited by David Galens and Lynn Spampinato, vol. 1, Gale, 1998, pp. 116-19. Gale Virtual Reference Library, go.galegroup.com/ps/i.do?p=GVRL&sw=w&u=uiuc_ivcc&v=2.1&id=GALE%7CCX2692600 015&it=r&asid=3a27b5a54fefb19b5aec945fc4bfa233.

Gale content originally published in a book:

Vernado, S. L. “The Idea of the Numinous in Gothic Literature.” Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism, edited by Jennifer Baise, vol. 85, Gale, 1999, pp. 328-34. Literature Criticism Online, go.galegroup.com/ps/i.do?p=LCO&sw=w&u=uiuc_ivcc&v=2.1&it=r&id=GALE%7CIOGEAM8 67694925&asid=1659d5f4bf66b42ec0be0e570c3503eb. Originally published in The Gothic Imagination: Essays in Dark Romanticism, edited by G. R. Thompson, Washington State UP, 1974, pp. 11-21

Gale content originally published in a journal:

Vedder, William. “Who is Jane?: The Intricate Feminism of Charlotte Perkins Gilman.” Short Story Criticism, edited by Lawrence J. Trudeau, vol. 182, 2013, pp. 231-49. Short Story Criticism Online, go.galegroup.com/ps/ i.do?p=LCO&sw=w&u=uiuc_ivcc&v=2.1&it=r&id=GALE%7COLPTFD849176101&asid=1fbf9212e6f c789a9206e1f72d7dae5c. Originally published in Arizona Quarterly, vol. 44, 1988, pp. 40-79.

Content from textbook’s cultural context:

McMann, Elizabeth et al., eds. Literature and the Writing Process, 10th edition, Pearson, 2015. pp. xxx-xx

Poetry Essay Useful Resources

The Poetry Essay assignment sheet is available on Blackboard, and resources, expectations and library links are also available in our course shell. However, here is a list of some useful resources all in one place.

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Assignment Resources:

Writing Prompt and downloadable Assignment SheetUsing one or two poems from the textbook or from the PoetryFoundation.org archive, explain how the themes, content, characters, or language of the poem represent a social issue. Social issues can be as small as an individual’s self-esteem or as large as racial/gender/identity inequality. Support your observations with citation from the poem(s), one scholarly library database article, and one reputable Internet article.

Organization
  • Minimum 4 full pages and a maximum of 5 full pages
  • Minimum of 5 paragraphs with introduction, 3+ body paragraphs, and a conclusion.
  • Focus on analysis and not summary.
  • Properly introduce your poem and its author in your introduction paragraph.
  • Restate poem and author in your conclusion.  
Thesis & Support
  • Support your observations with citation from the poem(s), one scholarly library database article, and one reputable Internet article.
  • Use a maximum of three secondary sources.
  • Use a minimum of 3 citations from your primary source (the poem).
  • Use a minimum of 2 citations from scholarly library database article(s).
  • Use a minimum of 2 citations from reputable Internet source article(s).
  • Minimum of 1 direct quote AND 1 paraphrase citation per body paragraph.  
Expression
  • Write in third-person (I don’t exclude plural first-person we/our/us).
  • Write in present tense.
  • Use formal voice and proper grammar.  
Source Documentation & MLA Style

Link to IVCC English Department Grading Criteria

**Download attached assignment sheet and refer to related PowerPoints for complete assignment expectations.**

Summer 2017 Deadline

  • Rough Draft due to group page by noon Tues. July 18
  • Rough Draft comments posted by 11:59 PM Wed. July 19
  • Final Draft due 11:59 PM Sun. July 23

Citation Resources

IVCC Style Book Overview of MLA Style

Helpful Research Hints

Direct Quotation Citation example and Paraphrase/Summary Citation example

MLA Citation BasicsWorks Cited Page Information

Grading Resources

IVCC English Department Grading Standards

Grading Criteria Rubric for Writing Assignments

Online course ENG 1002 Peer Review Rubric

Library & Reputable Internet Sources Links

Remember that you’ll need to use one library database article and one reputable Internet article for your assignment. You’ll find a list of reputable Internet sources in the the “Resources” link on Blackboard and here’s a link to help you choose credible sourcesHere are the most commonly used library database resources:

Remember that you’ll need to log into the library site if you’re not using a campus computer. When you reach the log in screen, you’ll enter 24611 + your purple student number + 01, and then enter your last name.