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WRIT 101: College Writing I: The Research Process

Welcome! This guide is for students enrolled in WRIT 101

A Word about Research

"Doing research carefully and reporting it clearly are hard work, consisting of many tasks, often competing for your attention at the same time. And no matter how carefully you plan, research follows a crooked path, taking unexpected turns, sometimes up blind alleys, even looping back on itself...When you can manage its parts, you can manage the often intimidating whole..."

from The Craft of Research (4th ed, 2016) by Wayne Booth, Gregory Colomb, Joseph Williams, Joseph Bizup and William FitzGerald

Download and use the Library Research Journal (above) to help plan, organize, track and revise your research.

Archives and Special Collections Digital

Finding Good Articles

The library databases are the best place to look for articles. The databases are diverse and some, like those listed below, are useful for general research. Others are more specific to particular majors and areas of research.

Below are a few good places to start your research, and if you want to pursue more specific databases they are listed alphabetically when you click on the Databases tab from the library homepage and then select All. (Each database has a description with it so that it is clear what kind of information it contains.)

Using Research to Find a Topic

Community Resources

Here are some resources beyond the library (often organized by different communities) that may help you in your search for additional information. Often material that has a different scope, focus or audience than traditional scholarly information can add complexity, interest or local relevance to your topic.

Apply the same scrutiny to the material you find through these sites that you would to any other information. Use the questions on the back of your Library Research Journal to evaluate the information.

Citing Sources