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FYW 100 - First Year Writing / Polansky, Ellen

Subjects: First Year Writing


For this assignment sequence, you have been asked to explore a research question inspired by a noteworthy guest on The Dick Cavett Show. In order to learn as much as possible about the guest and his/her/their cultural significance, you should find and engage with outside sources to bring depth and breadth to your exploratory paper.


This guide will help you to:

  • Access recommended sources for finding biographical information
  • Identify and search for popular secondary sources of information, such as news articles, magazine articles, and reports
  • Identify and search for scholarly secondary sources, such as academic journal articles
  • Set-up Google Scholar
  • Document your sources in MLA style


John and Yoko on the Dick Cavett Show, 1971

Interviewing John Lennon and Yoko Ono, 1971. Source: Huffpost

Off Campus Access to Library Resources

To use the Adams Library databases listed in this guide from off campus, you will be asked to log in with your RIC User ID (e.g. jsmith or jsmith_1234) and password. 

Research Help

Please don't hesitate to contact your FYW research librarian if you have questions or wish to schedule a research consultation.