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Engl 130: Research Hacks

This guide:

Enhances your English 130 research process by providing:

  • Assistance navigating & finding library resources;

  • Support for your English 130 assignments;

  • Expert advice on accessing & conducting research.

Makes the Library work for you:

The library is one of the most powerful academic resources available to you, and this guide helps you get the most out of your library research by bringing together some of its most useful tools in an easy-to-use guide. It also provides you with tips on how to use them to your advantage. Don't let all the databases and tools at your disposal overwhelm you -- this guide and the librarians are here to help with all your research needs and questions!


Define Your Topic

This section includes resources dealing with the beginning stages of the research process. This includes using library resources to explore your topic broadly, to locate initial sources to learn more about your topic, and to help you successfully complete your Engl 130 assignments, like the annotated bibliography.


Refine Your Topic

This page includes helpful tips and tricks for refining your topic after the initial exploration stages of research. The tools and information in this section are useful at various points in the research process, as you will continually revise and refine your topic as you continue to learn more as you incorporate new information. You'll also learn more about search tools & tricks and how you can put those to good use with assignments such as the literature review.


Thinking Local

In this section, you'll find tools and resources for obtaining local data about your topic, which you will specifically need for the proposal and mini-genre assignments. This section includes links and instructions for how to access data from scholarly sources, newspapers, government agencies, and other resources that compile local information. 


Expanding the Conversation

This page (forthcoming) guides you through ensuring that you include multiple points of view both as you read sources to gain foundational knowledge and as you choose which sources to represent your written assignments. Expanding the conversation means not only representing multiple voices that draw similar conclusions, but also incorporating dissonant voices -- sources that may not share the same perspective as other experts. 

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