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The Mountain View College Library provides several types of information, both in print and electronically, to assist in writing research papers.

Use the tabs at the top to navigate through the guide.


Types of resources:

Books: A book can provide good in-depth background and historical information.

Reference Books: Consists of encyclopedias, atlases, and other specific information. Use these for definitions and short explanations.

Articles: Can be found in magazines, journals, and newspapers. The MVC Databases can provide you with these articles.

Web Sites: The internet can provide an abundance of information. Use it with caution and be sure to evaluate the websites using the TRAAP system.

Helpful Databases

What is a Thesis Statement?

A thesis statement is a sentence (or sentences) that express the main idea of an essay, research paper, report, or speech.

Good thesis statements should:

  • clearly state the objective of the paper, report or speech
  • be very specific
  • be a concise and easy to follow summary of the main point
  • be proved by your research and analysis

Tips and Examples for Writing Thesis Statements

Thesis Statements: Four Steps to a Great Essay

Types of Sources

Primary Sources

The Library of Congress describes primary sources as "raw materials of history-original documents and objects which were created at the time under study." Primary sources are original, first-hand, authoritative accounts of an event.

Examples of Primary Sources include:

  • Letters, diaries, journals
  • First hand newspaper reports
  • Speeches, memoirs, autobiographies
  • Original photographs
  • Creative works of plays, paintings and songs
  • Research Data and surveys


Secondary Sources

Secondary sources interpret primary sources. They are at least one step removed from the original event or account. It is a secondhand version of events.

Examples of Secondary Sources include:

  • Essays and reviews
  • Textbooks
  • Criticisms and commentaries
  • Articles that discuss events and ideas



Primary vs. Secondary Sources

Watch this animation for a quick explanation of plagiarism


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