WRTG 21700: Inquiry, Research, and Writing Across the Disciplines

Best Bets

Opposing Viewpoints in Context  is a good starting point where you can explore informed and differving views of social issues.

EBSCO Research Library  searches across nearly 40 EBSCO databases. 

PsycINFO  focuses on the interdisciplinary aspects of the worldwide  behaviorial and social science research and literature.

GenderWatch  enhances gender and women's studies, and gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (GLBT) research by providing authoritative perspectives from 1970 to present.

General OneFile  has news and periodical articles on several topics including business, current events, education ,environmental issues, health care, humanities, law, literature, art, and many general interest topics.

Statista  is a tool for researching quantitative data, statistics, and related information, including interesting inforgraphics like the one below:


ScienceDirect  provides full-text articles and books in science, math, education, communications, economics, and more.

SPORTDiscus with Full Text  is a good database for resources on athletes and physical performance

MEDLINE (EBSCO)  is also a good resource for atheles and physical performance/capabilities, and it may also include information on aging populations and childhood development

SocINDEX with Full Text  covers journals that focus on sociological studies and would be good for mental health, gentrification, love & marriage, women in the media, and other social topics

CQ Researcher  is useful for their Hot Topics on the right hand side, and the Browse Topics drop down menu on the top of the page. Some of these topics that overlap with the class topics are Marijuana Legalization under Hot Topics, and Arts, Culture, and Sports, Media, and Housing and Development under Browse Topics 

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 

In class exercise

                                 Where does information come from?

                          What do you want your information to be like?

                           What do you want information to do for you?

What is the connection between everyday life and academic research? Analyze these four articles you might come across browsing social media:

Buzzfeed Article
Facebook Article
Twitter Article
Huffington Post

Can you figure out where they are getting their research from?


What your paper should include:

  1. An introduction including a thesis that makes an argument
  2. A section providing history on the topic of your argument (Opposing Viewpoints would be helpful with this)
  3. Several sections that feature different facets of the argument that support your claim
  4. A conclusion of your points and understanding of the greater significance of the argument 
  5. Properly cited quotes, paraphrases, and other information both in a works cited page and in the text itself 

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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.

Reading, Writing, and Citing

This article describes a "three pass" method for Reading Research Articles: How to Read a Paper

See the Library's Guide on Writing Annotated Citations.

See the Library's Guides on using the Zotero or Mendeley software apps to organize & manage your research citations.

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