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English and Composition Research Guide

English and Composition Research Guide

Welcome to the English and Composition Research Guide. This guide is to assist students who are taking courses in the Luther College of Arts and Sciences, and can also assist students, faculty, and staff doing research in this area.

This Research Guide will provide information on the most relevant databases to search from, online periodicals we may subscribe to, and websites and open access options for this subject.

If you have questions or would like assistance with your research, please contact the Head Librarian at


Academic Search Complete

Coverage of most academic areas including business, social sciences, general academic, and general sciences.

Directory of Open Access Journals

A large database of open access peer-reviewed  journals and articles.


This database includes two Arts and Sciences collections with journals from subjects including the social sciences, education, law, criminology, history, etc.

Points of View Reference Center

Critical analysis with overview, point, and counterpoint on hundreds of topics.


Directory of Open Access Books

A large collection of open access eBooks.

eBook Academic Collection

Collection of text from a wide range of academic disciplines.

eBook Collection

Collection of eBooks with a wide range of subjects.

Project Gutenberg

Collection of eBooks with selected literature within the literary canon.



Off Campus Link

Research diverse perspectives, topics, and trends that align with curricular areas such as Political Science, English, Sociology, Humanities, Business, International Studies, and more.

New York Times

Create a login for free and read articles from the New York Times.


Argument Papers

From the Purdue OWL: This resource outlines the generally accepted structure for introductions, body paragraphs, and conclusions in an academic argument paper. Keep in mind that this resource contains guidelines and not strict rules about organization. Your structure needs to be flexible enough to meet the requirements of your purpose and audience.

Internet Archive

Includes films, radio audio clips, news clips, educational films, advertisements, industry films, etc. Set Search from All Media Types to Video: Audio: News and Public Affairs.

New York Times: Room for Debate

In Room for Debate, The Times invites knowledgeable outside contributors to discuss news events and other timely issues. Reader comments are moderated Monday through Friday. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit public charity that has no government affiliations of any kind. Provides resources for critical thinking and to educate without bias.

Tips for writing a thesis statement

From the Purdue OWL: This resource provides tips for creating a thesis statement and examples of different types of thesis statements.

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