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Guide for the course College Writing

Library Hours

Fall Semester Hours  


Friday: 7:45am-10:00pm           

Saturday: 8:00am-8:00pm

Sunday: 12 noon-11:45pm

Spring Semester Hours  


Friday: 7:45am-10:00pm           

Saturday: 8:00am-8:00pm

Sunday: 12 noon-11:45pm 

Summer Hours  


Closed Friday          

Saturday 10:00am-4:00pm

Closed Sunday

See complete schedule for holidays and exceptions


Welcome to the David & Lorraine Cheng Library

This guide can serves as a starting pint for your research needs in your College Writing class.  It is designed to help you to research topics using a variety of library resources.  Library research encompasses the study of current issues, history, geography, politics and government, and events worldwide.

Use the tabs at the top of the guide to navigate through the specific types of resources you will need.  These resources include articles from scholarly and popular sources, books, ebooks, and databases. 

The tab "I-LEARN Model" explains six steps of the research process. 

The tab "Citing Sources" gives information about several citation styles.

  Have a Question? Contact a Librarian:

By phone

Call 973-720-2116

The Reference Desk is staffed until 10PM Sunday-Friday and until 8:00pm on Saturday.

By e-mail

Send your question to the Reference Desk via email -   Allow 24 hours for a response. 

Schedule a Research Appointment

Contact the library for an appointment with a Reference Librarian:  Schedule Research Help

Researching Your Topic

Develop Your Research Topic  

Begin to think about possible topics, issues, events, etc.

  • Start with a topic that interests you.
  • Conduct some preliminary research to determine what has already been written on the topic.
  • What are the key concepts of your topic?
  • Can you broaden or narrow your focus?
  • Develop your thesis statement.

Consider focusing on one or more of the following:

  • time period
  • specific event
  • specific people
  • historic events of the time

Does your topic overlap other subject areas such as history, geography or political science?

Think of 2- 3 questions that you will need to explore.

  • Think about the topic you are researching and the topic's main issues.
  • What was the historical period of your topic?
  • What happened that was significant?

Under each question, think about the following aspects:

  • What do you already know about your topic?
  • What do you need to learn to better understand your topic or issue?
  • What kind of information resource might provide the answer to these questions?