Use this guide to get started with research for WRIT 1301.

Search for books, journals, articles, media and more.

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Getting started - planning and finding background info on topic


Finding Background Information

These online sources can help you to choose and refine your topic. They will also provide you with the background information and keywords and search terms. 

Tutorial: Choosing a research paper topic

After completing this tutorial, you will be able to:
  • Find ideas and language on a topic using online tools and techniques
  • Use techniques like mind mapping, the 5W’s, and freeform writing to narrow a large topic

Find articles from academic journals

Find newspapers and magazines

Find statistics and public opinion

Citing your sources (e.g. MLA, APA, etc.)

Many article databases (e.g. Academic Search Premier, Google Scholar) will create a citation for you. After you found the item, look for "cite" or "quotes." Here are examples:

In Google Scholar:

Click the "quote" below the item in Google Scholar.

In Academic Search Premier: 

Click cite in Academic Search Premier.

 

Get help from the U Libraries

Review - Intro to Library Research Tutorial

After completing these tutorials, you will be able to:
  • Identify strategies for choosing a research topic
  • Search effectively
  • Identify and use a library database
  • Evaluate sources

Tutorial: What does it mean to be a scholarly source?

After completing this tutorial, you will be able to:
  • Recognize a scholarly (versus a popular) source
  • Understand how a scholarly source differs from other types of sources
Last Updated: Aug 4, 2020 11:28 AM