WRTG 10600: Academic Writing, Immigration and Migration

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. 

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

                                 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?


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?

Contact Us

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Humanities Librarian
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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

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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