Self-paced study for ENL 001 students attempting to earn ENL 111 credit by examination


If you are attempting to earn credit by examination for ENL 111 (English Composition I), you must demonstrate competency in the skills listed in the ENL 111 syllabus—including library and research skills. The English faculty, with the support of other College faculty, include those skills in ENL 111 because of their importance in a student’s college experience. Since you wish to bypass ENL 111, you will not have the benefit of instruction in library and research skills during classroom time.

This independent study unit is designed to provide that unit of instruction in a manner that permits you to complete the requirements within a short period of time and at times best suited to your schedule.


In this unit you will learn ways to plan and complete a research paper. You will also become familiar with the College library, and you will learn efficient ways to find materials you need. You will apply what you learn by completing brief assignments.


  • Orientation to the Library
  • Finding and Narrowing a Research Paper Topic
  • Locating and Listing Available Research Sources
  • Integrating Source Information into Research Sources
  • Avoiding Plagiarism


Upon completion of this unit you should be able to:

  • Use the library efficiently as a result of your understanding the organization of basic library collections: circulation, reference, reserve, and periodicals.
  • Identify and limit an appropriate topic for the research paper.
  • Organize your research work.
  • Identify author, title, and subject fields on the catalog record and interpret publication data given.
  • Interpret entries in databases and use information to locate specific periodical articles.
  • Describe the types of plagiarism and use appropriate documentation to avoid each type.


Work at your convenience and at your own pace to gain the information necessary to complete this study unit's objectives.

Step 1 – Study a reliable source for information about research and documentation such as a college English handbook, or consult A Basic Guide for Producing the Research Papers or the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, 6th ed., both of which are available at Madigan Library.

Step 2 – Go to Madigan Library and talk with Librarian Patricia Scott (LIB139, behind the reference desk) to arrange access to the computer-based library tutorial. You will then have a set period of time to complete this program that has been designed to improve your library research skills.

Step 3 – Take the credit-by-examination test by appointment. Arrangements may be made in the Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications office, ACC 102.

Contact information

Pennsylvania College of Technology
DIF 119

One College Avenue
Williamsport, PA 17701