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English: Background

This is a general Research guide to library resources for students taking English classes.

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Current Topics

The library's collection includes several series that provide pro/con essays on current, controversial topics.  These include:

Opposing Viewpoints
Information Series on Current Topics
Taking Sides
Current Controversies

CCSF Students also have access to an online version of Opposing Viewpoints. Log in using RAM ID. 

Here are some examples:

Reference Sources

Reference books are great for short overviews and background information. There are also reference resources in our database section.

Literary Criticism

The Rosenberg library has a number of indexes to literary criticism.  See also the Articles tab for information about some online databases that are also good for finding literary criticism.  These sources are all Reference and cannot be taken out of the library.  There are cumulative indexes available.

Remote Access to Databases & E-books

An active RAM ID (student ID number) and RAM ID password is required for off-campus access to CCSF Library subscription resources and databases, including online articles, streaming video, and e-books. When accessing these resources from off-campus, users will be prompted to log in with RAM ID, then will be able to view resources as if they are on-campus.

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