ENGL 015 (Fetterman)


Argument essay


Remember to check the Need Ideas? page if you’re looking for possible topics. Also, start reading the newspaper and listening to, or watching, the news! You have access to free copies of USA Today, The New York Times, and The York Daily Record from one of the newspaper boxes on campus.

Remember to check the START in the library page for additional information on finding sources.

Sample issue: Electoral College


Community Agency

United Way of York County Partner Agencies – 34 partner agencies receive grants from The Community Fund for their programs. Click on the agency name for information about services provided.


You can find limited information about Our Daily Bread in the York newspapers using:
Access World News (NewsBank)
This database contains electronic editions of local, regional, and national U.S. newspapers as well as full-text content of key international sources.

Try searching Academic Search Complete using the phrase “soup kitchen” to find magazine, newspaper, and journal articles. You’ll find articles such as “Living on the Edge: Examination of People Attending Food Pantries and Soup Kitchens.”

USDA Food and Nutrition Service
USDA: See the sections on Food Security and Food Assistance
Feeding America
Pennsylvania Hunger Action Center


Concept essay

If you still are looking for an idea, take a look at the Need Ideas? page.

Background information
The articles in the subject encyclopedias in Gale Virtual Reference Library provide an excellent overview for most concepts. You will usually find references or suggested books and articles for further reading at the end of the articles. Use these suggestions for additional sources of information on your topic.

Research Guides
Penn State Libraries subscribe to hundreds of databases, so you should not have a problem finding articles from magazines, journals, and newspapers. The problem may be finding the appropriate database to search for your topic.

That’s where the Research Guides will be helpful. Choose the broad category from the list to see all the available guides in a specific subject area.

For example, if you are a business major, choose the Business and Economics category and then pick a guide that fits your particular area of interest. If you are interested in marketing, the Marketing Research Guide suggests Business Source Premier database as an “essential article database for business research” so that would be an excellent place to search for articles on a marketing topic.

Please refer to the Start in the Library page for information about searching for books, articles (including some recommended databases), news sources, and statistics, as well as information on LionSearch, a new way to discover library content, using one search box.


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If you are looking for a particular journal, search below to determine the availability:

Citation Linker will do the same thing. You’ll be able to enter a journal title and determine if we have electronic access to that journal.