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Research Fundamentals: ENGW 1102.4/Chris Featherman

A guide to print and online resources for starting your research.

Meet our Research and Writing Team

Subject Librarians Edit/Delete Quick Stats
Subject Librarians work in several Library departments. They assist individuals and small groups with research projects.

Digital Media Commons Edit/Delete Quick Stats
DMC is a collection of collaborative work and teaching spaces, with expert help in using the digital and 3-D resources.

Archives and Special Collections Edit/Delete Quick Stats
Archives staff members work with primary source materials in both print and digital form.

The Writing Center
The Northeastern University Writing Center is open to any member of the NU community and exists to help any level writer, from any academic discipline, become a better writer.The Writing Center offers face-to-face appointments at 412 Holmes Hall, same-day appointments at 136 Snell library (behind the Argo Tea), and online appointments.  Book an appointment here!

Library Resources

Looking for the definition and history of a word? 

Oxford English Dictionary is online!

Sign up for "Word of the Day" to learn about the history of that word and when it was first used.


Word of the day

hoghenhinen.   1607

A person who has stayed in a household for three nights, and so bec...

Check the Library Catalogs for media, such as 

the DVD, American Tongues, "A documentary about the way people talk in the United States. Portrays some of the regional, social, and ethnic differences in American speech, and the attitudes that people have about these differences."

Linguistic Landscape Project


Selected library resources about Boston, some readable online:

AIA Guide to Boston  by Susan Southworth and Michael Southworth (Boston Society of Architects)

Boston Bronze and Stone Speak to Us by Joseph R. Gallo

Boston Neighborhoods: A Food Lover's Walking, Eating, and Shopping Guide to Ethnic Enclaves in and around Boston by Lynda Morgenroth and Carleen Powell.

Boston Sites and Insights by Susan Carolyn Wilson

Eyewitness Travel Boston by David Lyon; Tom Bross and Patricia Harris

City of Boston information: Boston Redevelopment Authority website--Communities

City of Boston - Visitors 

Boston Public Library offers tours, and has handouts for self-guided tours.

Video Basics

Check the Video or Multimedia Essays: Where to Begin? Guide at Royal Roads University Library 

If you want to borrow a digital camera or other technology (first come-first served) check with ITS Help Desk; and read the section Equipment Loan.

If you have questions, check Copyright and fair use .

Features in Academic Search Complete

Academic Search Complete has useful features with articles:

In addition to full text, there is the option of listening to the text, about a misspelled sign, with an American Accent, Australian Accent or British Accent, or Choose Language to translate the article.

The  story about the sign with the longest place name in the United States; and it is in Massachusetts!