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ENG 310: Writing and Nonprofits: Start


This guide will support your research into topics related to nonprofits, including demographic information. Think of it as a springboard: while the guide doesn't contain every single source available on nonprofits in Minnesota (not even close!), it will connect you to information directly and give you ideas of other ways and places to search. 

Some tips:

  • Don't hesitate to ask if you've got questions! Although we won't meet as a class, I (Julie Gilbert) am your librarian for the course. I'm familiar with your research projects and topics. Send me an email - I enjoy helping you solve any research problems you have. We can work via email or set up a virtual or in person time to chat.
  • You can also find library and research help at the library's Information Desk or via Reference Services.

If you are new to the library or need a refresher, consult our Library FAQs and overview of the Library. We also have a guide on how to do research well - use it to brush up and expand your research skills! And since everyone can use a refresher on how to find books in the library, we have a guide for that, too.

Top Tips for Doing Research

As you approach your research, here are some tips for success:

  • Explore topics that interest you, as you'll be motivated to keep investigating
  • Think carefully about statistics and demographic information
    • Ask yourself who would collect the information and how they might share it.
    • Be flexible as you search; the information might not be collected or presented in exactly the way you hope.
  • Ask Julie for help with any research issue. I'm an expert in finding information, so consulting with me will actually save you time

I'll also point you to a few other guides that might be helpful. Browse them to discover additional resources:

  • English: The English research guide has sections on writing, which you may find useful.
  • Statistics: While some of the information overlaps with this guide, you are encouraged to explore the Statistics guide for more sources.


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Hello! I look forward to working with you. If you have any questions about research, an assignment, or the library in general, please contact me via email or make an appointment. You can reach any of the reference librarians at folke @ or via the Ask Us! button on the library's homepage.
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