WRTG 10600: Academic Writing, Group Topic Archive

Best bets

Opposing Viewpoints in Context  is 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 

Nexis Uni (replaces LexisNexis)  is a good resource for researching news, current events, business, and legal topics

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 
                     

EBSCO Research Library  this is a database that Argos does not search, so I would recommend looking here as it covers many areas of focus. They also offer recommended search terms
                  

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 
                    

Using the ACCORD Rubric

You’re writing a paper for a class.  You need sources.   How do you know which ones are the best?  In evaluating a source, you should keep in mind the context in which you will use it. Most sources are not inherently good or bad, but some are more appropriate than others in a given context. 

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?

Misleading News

Concept Mapping

                      

Further Research

  • When looking at a record you should take a look at the Subject headings to generate keywords, and see all of the resources that fall within that specific heading:
 
                       

  • You should scroll down to the bottom of the record and look for the orange arrows with the words "citing this" or "cited in this":
             
  • Type the name of the article into Google Scholar, they typically list even more articles that are citing the one you might be interested in

Contact Us

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Search Argos

Limiting to Scholarly Articles in Argos

Want to try an ebook?

Ebook Central (formerly ebrary)  features books that you can read online (on or off campus) that covers topics including arts, business/management, education, social science, law, history, health, general, and more.

Additional Databases

ProQuest Research Library includes Proquest Education, Health Management, Psychology, Social Science journals, and Ebrary Ebooks

ScienceDirect  Provides full-text articles and books in science, math, education, communications, economics and more. Notable features include "Recommended articles" and "Citing articles"

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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