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English As A Foreign Language - EFL

A resource guide for English as a Foreign Language students

Off-Campus Login

All off-campus links to Wake Tech online electronic databases require logins. You can now log into online databases using your Wake Tech username and password (your key account). Please note that this is the same login as Blackboard and WebAdvisor.

Some Useful Online Electronic Databases for Articles

Here are some useful databases to non-subject specific and subject-specific materials. These materials include journals, magazines, newspapers, electronic books, government documents, and websites.

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Finding a Journal by Title

If you are looking for a specific journal, magazine, or newspaper, use E-Journal Portal (opens in new window). Type in the journal, magazine, or newspaper title/name in the search box or use the A-Z index to select a title or titles.

Using Google for Research

Internet search engines allow you to search for and retrieve academic/scholarly and non-scholarly information within the Internet. It is important to conduct scholarly searches on the Internet if the materials are used for academic and educational purposes.  See example on how to use Google.com.

Google (opens in new window) is one of the most popular Internet search engines. If you go Googling, here are some tips on how to search Google to retrieve academic, scholarly, reliable, and useful materials. Contact the library if you have further questions.

Using Google Scholar

1. Go to Google Scholar (opens in new window).

2. Type your topic in the search box. Click on the drop down menu on the right side of the search box for more search features such as date range, and then click on the "Search" button.

Using Google Advanced Search Features

1.  Go to Google (opens in new window).

2.  Scroll down to the bottom right corner of the page and click on "Settings" and then click on "Advanced Search."

3.  Type your topic or keywords in the search box. Add other search features, terms, or keywords as needed using the drop down feature on the search boxes.

4.  Scroll down the page to the "Site or Domain" search box. Type .edu (for educational sites) or .gov (for government sites) in the search box.

5.  Click on the "File Type" drop down menu and select the file format you prefer - Pdf (Pdf file), Doc (Word Document), xls (Excel), ppt (PowerPoint), etc.

6.  Click the "Advanced Search" button to execute your search.

Some Useful Websites

These are some useful websites resources on ESL/EFL.  You could also use an Internet search engine to search for other materials as needed.

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