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Writing Studies & Composition: Information Sheets and Guides

This guide is designed to give you some tips on how to find information for your WSC assignments. You are often expected to find information in a variety of disciplines. This guide shows you some of the databases that may be useful to you.

Basic Library Information

Check the easy-to-use interactive  Library Basics Tutorial to find out what we have, where to find it, how to access it, and what services we offer you.


  • Use the popup chat widget on the Library's Homepage
  • Type us a question
  • Visit the Reference Desk or call at  516 463-5962
  • Schedule a one-on-one personal research appointment with me
  • Use the buttons below to immediately type us a question or chat with a librarian

Information Sheets: Printable Handouts and Guides

Distinguishing Between Scholarly and Popular Books: A chart showing differences between scholarly and popular books

Distinguishing Between Scholarly and Popular Articles: A chart showing some of the hints you can use for identifying scholarly journals.

Identifying Sources in Works Cited Lists and Bibliographies:: When reading a bibliography or works cited list, how do you know what type of source you are dealing with? Look at this guide for some clues.

Glossary: Confused by some of the library terms you hear? Look hereere are some definitions.

Contact Information

Ann Grafstein, M.L.S, Ph.D.
Professor of Library Services
902H Axinn Library

Contact me by phone or email. Click on the button below to arrange an appointment during a scheduled time slot.

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