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English Composition Guide

A supplement to library instruction sessions for EN 1113 (English Composition II), EN 1113H (Honors English Composition II), and EN 1173 (Accelerated Composition II).

Opposing Viewpoints, Current Controversies, and At Issue

Opposing Viewpoints, Current Controversies, and At Issue are all useful for exploring current events topics and controversies related to social issues, politics and policy, religion, family issues, health care, environmental issues, civil rights, cultural differences, and more. Featuring essays and articles from experts, policy makers, think tanks, influencers, and others, each volume takes a broad topic, breaks it down to individual issues, and offers varied viewpoints and arguments for each. A valuable tool for exploratory essays, argumentative papers, and informative speeches.

There are two ways to search:

A. Search the catalog for a topic and limit your search to MSU Reference Materials:

B. Use the binders located on top of the low shelves above the "Explore Your Topic" books to look for your topic or title.


After using the catalog or the binder to find the book's call number, locate the book on the shelf:

Reminder: these books cannot be checked out. You can make copies or scans of pages at Access Services.

Gale Literary Criticism Series

The Gale Literary Criticism Series comprises hundreds of critiques and analysis of authors, poets, playwrights, and their works. These essays and excerpts are sourced from scholarly books and peer-reviewed academic journals. Biographical profiles are also included. The following literary series are most commonly used for freshman composition classes at MSU:

  • Contemporary Literary Criticism
  • Drama Criticism
  • Nineteenth Century Literature Criticism
  • Poetry Criticism
  • Twentieth Century Literature Criticism

How to Use the Series:

Step 1: On the MSU Libraries' homepage, click on Databases, then "Gale's Literary Index."

Step 2: To find information on a specific work of literature, click on "Title Search."

Step 3: Enter the title in the search box, and select the button "Match all words entered." You can also enter the author's last name in the box below for more specific results.

Step 4: Click on the appropriate result.

Step 5: Write down or print out the information given.


Step 6: Locate the series and volume you need in the Undergraduate Research Center low shelves, find the pages, and copy or scan the pages you need!