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ENG 120 & ENG 200 Research Guide

Welcome to the ENG 120 & ENG 200 Guide!

On this guide you'll find information about library resources, services, tools, and other web resources to help you write your papers, do your presentations, cite your sources, and more for your ENG120 and ENG200 courses.

Use the blue buttons on the left to navigate through the guide and find what you need. Ask a librarian ( or click on the yellow "Chat 24/7 with a Librarian" button on the Shapiro Library home page, if you need additional assistance!

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Created by ENG120 student Fall 2018

Information Literacy

Library research develops skills that are part of the broader skill set called "information literacy," which consists of the ability to do four key tasks:

  1. Understand when you need information, and what kind of information you need
  2. Identify and locate that information effectively and efficiently
  3. Evaluate information critically
  4. Use information legally and ethically

This guide is designed to assist students in ENG 120 or ENG 200 classes with developing information literacy skills for use in their class research papers, projects and presentations. Our other guides will continue to help foster and build on your information literacy skills.

Online Games to Improve your Media Literacy


How to Spot Fake News

How To Spot Fake News by the International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA)

  • Consider the Source:
    • Click away from the story to investigate the site, its mission and its contact info.
  • Check the Author:
    • Do a quick search on the author. Are they credible? Are they real?
  • Check the Date:
    • Reposting old news stories doesn’t mean they’re relevant to current events.
  • Check Your Biases:
    • Consider if your own beliefs could affect your judgment.
  • Read Beyond:
    •  Headlines can be outrageous in an effort to get clicks. What’s the whole story?
  • Supporting Sources?:
    • Click on those links. Determine if the info given actually supports the story.
  • Is it a Joke?:
    • If it is too outlandish, it might be satire. Research the site and author to be sure.
  • Ask the Experts:
    • Ask a librarian, or consult a fact-checking site.

How To Spot Fake News Infographic that uses the text above

The Media Bias Chart

Ad Fontes Media created a chart where they rate the news for bias and reliability using a rigorous methodology and a politically balanced team of analysts. Their focus is on analyzing the news content of articles and shows. Ad Fontes is Latin for “to the source,” because they rate the news by looking at the source itself. You may look up a news publisher name or site in the Interactive Media Bias Chart and see the ratings for articles from that source on the chart which ranges from Most Extreme Left to Most Extreme Right across the horizontal political axis, and from Contains Inaccurate /Fabricated Info to Original Fact Reporting on the vertical reliability axis.