WRTG 10600: Academic Writing, Debate Topics
Opposing Viewpoints in Context a good resource for finding a clear layout of viewpoints, academic articles, primary resources, images, and news about a topic. Start by going to Browse Topics on the upper left corner of the home page
CQ Researcher is a good resource for finding in depth reports on popular news topics. Try Hot Topics on the right hand side of the page, or the Browse Topics and Browse Reports drop down menus on the top of the page
General OneFile covers news and periodicals focusing on wide range of topics: business, computers, current events, economics, education, environmental issues, health care, humanities, law, literature and art, social sciences, sports, and technology. Start with a Subject Guide search
Statista this has several helpful statistics and infographics. I would recommend using the search bar to start searching, but you might also try the drop down menu of Statistics to get topic information, and most viewed statistics
ProQuest Research Library includes Proquest Education, Health Management, Psychology, Social Science journals, and Ebrary Ebooks
PsycINFO provides access to international literature in psychology and related disciplines such as psychiatry, education, business, computers, medicine, nursing, pharmacology, law, linguistics, and social work
In-class exercise: Tracking Sources
Tips for searching
- Use quotation marks around phrases or names
- Brainstorm keywords and terms before you start your search
- Look at the limiters offered by databases (typically on the left, or right hand side after a search)
- You can narrow by source type, publication date, subject, language, and more
- Use Google or Wikipedia as a starting point, not an ending point
- Use subject headings and indexes attached to articles to explore more terms
Using the ACCORD Rubric
The Library's Guide on Evaluating Resources explains the ACCORD rubric, developed by Ithaca College Librarians, that we will use in this session.
Briefly ACCORD means:
Agenda - Why was this information made available?
Credentials - Is the author of the source credible?
Citations - Does the author cite sources?
Oversight - Has the information been reviewed or refereed?
Relevance - Does the source fit your needs?
Date - When was the information published/updated?
MLA Citation and Writing Style Resources
MLA is the citation style used by most disciplines in the Humanities. Here is my guide to the latest (2016) update of the MLA style.
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