WRTG 10600: Academic Writing, Immigration and Migration
EBSCO Research Library searches across nearly 40 EBSCO databases.
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 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:
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?
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?
Other resources for immigration statistics
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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