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ENGL 1200: Writing II (Covino-Poutasse)

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Topics & Background Information

These are a few databases you can use to find background information on a topic before searching for scholarly research articles. Learning more about an issue helps you round out your eventual research and essays.


Podcasts are great sources for getting ideas and dipping your toes into a topic before diving in. These are just a few that are out in the podcast-sphere. You can search for more on Apple podcasts, Soundcloud, Stitcher, nprOne, or wherever you get your podcasts.


As a member of the Fitchburg State University community, you have access to hundreds of newspapers. Because good journalism isn't free, newspaper websites can only give you access to a set number of free articles a month. The FSU library, however, subscribes to databases with access to these newspapers and also has print issues for major newspapers on the second floor.
Some of these major, and reputable, news sources are linked below. If you don't see a newspaper you're looking for, let us know or check out one of these databases.
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