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WRI 111: On Writing: Home
This online research guide supports Prof. Anne Boyle's WRI 111 course, "On Writing".
Good searching can shorten your research time significantly. Here are some tips from the pros:
Use quotation marks around a phrase to inform the search engine to look for exactly the phrase you enter- for example "body image" or "United States".
When searching for a keyword with multiple variations (ex. "child", "children", "childhood", etc.) use the root form of the word and add an asterisk (*). This means using child* will retrieve items that have all variations-- "child", "children", "childhood".
Be specific: A search for child* and media and violence is much better than one for "television violence"
Use the built-in database filters to focus your results- most interfaces let you limit by publication date, subject, format and more
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Getting Started with Background Sources
Before getting started with research, it is a good idea to start with some background and context to the issues you are investigating. The sources below will help you get to that information quickly AND they can help you focus your research topic!
Gale Virtual Reference Library, or GVRL, is an online collection of subject-specific encyclopedias and other reference works. It provides a one-stop shop for background and context materials covering a wide variety of topics.
Subject encyclopedias, dictionaries, atlases, and reference handbooks. Also included are over 1,100 short reference videos, nearly 450,000 high-resolution art images, photographs and maps across all subject areas.
Searches across all ProQuest article databases. Contains articles covering the humanities, social sciences, sciences, and business. Databases include Research Library, Ethnic NewsWatch, and ProQuest Religion.