ENGL 250 (Nickles): Basics
General Research Help
All the librarians in FLITE were hired to make your life easier. We can't do that unless you bring us your questions.
Welcome to FLITE's help page for your ENGL 250 class. You will find a wealth of resources for working with your research for this class and for many other classes to come.
Where to start
FLITE has a number of choices for those times when Wikipedia just won't cut it as you learn more about your topic.
Calsidyrose. (2010). Compass Study [photo]. CC. Retrieved from
You can look in CREDO Reference, which covers topics just like Wikipedia, and then move on to databases.
Finding the Right Words to Search
Suggestions to help you search:
Combine key nouns/short phrases of your search with AND or OR.
Example: Instead of searching Facebook social networking try searching Facebook AND social networking.
Come up with synonyms.
Example: If you can't find anything for dating, try human courtship.
Need peer-reviewed journal articles? On the results screen, click on the Peer-Reviewed Journals tab
Spelling! Remember that computers are picky about it. A single misspelled word can mean the difference between great results and no results at all.
Need to check your spelling?
Ask for help.
We really mean it! We can't help if you don't ask.