WRTG 21700: Inquiry, Research, and Writing Across the Disciplines
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
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:
Can you figure out where they are getting their research from?
What your paper should include:
- An introduction including a thesis that makes an argument
- A section providing history on the topic of your argument (Opposing Viewpoints would be helpful with this)
- Several sections that feature different facets of the argument that support your claim
- A conclusion of your points and understanding of the greater significance of the argument
- Properly cited quotes, paraphrases, and other information both in a works cited page and in the text itself
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
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