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Guide to Resources for Research & Writing

Welcome to the Research Guide for Research and Writing.  The research and writing project for this course allows you to focus on one of the following writers: C.S. Lewis, Mark Twain, G. K. Chesterton, Jane Austen, or George Orwell.

On reserve for your use: Strunk & White and Turabian, Manual for Writers of Research Papers.  You can review the reserve list and search for items in the PHC collection using the library's online catalog, Voyager.

Peer tutoring, Monday - Thursday, 7 - 10 PM in the Library Study Center. Librarians are also available.  you can drop in, call 540-441-8400, or email If you would like a librarian's undivided attention, make an appointment!  Let us help you!

Turabian is the proper citation format for this project. 




Literary Reference Center

JSTOR  contains hundreds of scholarly journal articles in a wide range of disciplines. Issues from the most recent two to five years for each title are not included in this collection.

ProQuest Research Library and Academic Search Premier provide access to 1,000's of articles in the broad areas of social sciences and law many with full-text, images and graphics. If you are new to database searching, you will find these two easy to navigate.

eBooks provides access to over 65,000+ academic, full-text, electronic books that can be accessed immediately on your computer.  On first use, patrons are prompted to create a userID and password for future access.  Books can be checked out for download for a 2 week period.


Internet resources


OWL (Online Writing Lab)  is best known for up to date information on citation styles. It is also a wealth of great information for those who need to continually upgrade all areas of their written communications.


Reference works


PHC Writer's Manual, Rules of Thumb: Writing in the Core, provides specific guidelines and helpful suggestions for developing excellence in writing.


Research tips


  • Search by Subject: Click on a subject term in the record of a book to search for other books on the same subject.
  • Once you locate a helpful book or article, you may find other helpful resources listed in the item’s bibliography. 

All citations must be in Turabian.  Information on proper citation in Turabian is available in the library.

Created: Thornhill, 2011. Reviewed: Prof. Erin Brown-Conroy, 2011.  Revised: Dr. Les Sillars/Thornhill 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015.