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Assignment | Essay 1 Inquiry/Analyzing Text Essay (Izaguirre): Finding Your Research

Spring 2020 | ENGL 1302 | Prof. Lori Izaquirre

Before You Research

Scholarly articles are not the place to start your research. First, you need to get familiar enough with your topic to narrow it down, and for that you need more general information. This will help you develop context for your topic as well as get to know the specialized terms used by experts.

Suggested Databases

Be sure to read the descriptions and make note of your search options within each database: not all content in all databases is scholarly!

Information types: scholarly (expert authors, deep dive into subject material); trade (expert but more casual/informative); news (up to date, but not expert authors or especially analytical); reference sources are good for summaries but not for citing.

What types of sources are there, and when should you be looking for a particular type?

Click the image to view full-size. It's rather oversimplified, honestly, but it'll give you a framework to start with.

Other multi-disciplinary databases:

These are a little more advanced and exclusively scholarly. Get a feel for your search terms in Academic Search Complete first before trying these out. JSTOR in particular can be a little tough to narrow down.

E-Book Collections:

Even More Databases:

Consider which disciplines apply to your specific topic when choosing your databases.

DatabasesResearch Databases (Main Page)

Databases (Searchable List)

Accessing the Databases

Access 100+ databases organized by subject area from the Research Databases page. Also try our dynamic, sortable database list!

Student ID BadgeTo access the databases locked icon (same icon that displays by the LSC-limited access resources) from off-campus, you must provide the 14-digit library barcode.

Don't have one yet? Request a barcode number online.

What's a Database?

illustration of a question mark on fire (burning question)Psst -- what's a database?

In its most basic sense, a database Access only available off-campus with a 14-digit library barcode from LSCS is just a selection of information designed for you to search and retrieve stuff from it. Amazon is a database you're probably familiar with: it's limited (only contains things you can buy through them) and retrievable (you can search and filter your results to find what you're looking for).

The library databases contain reputable, reliable sources of information to support researchers like you! This means everything from digital encyclopedias (like Credo), ebooks, scholarly journal articles, magazine and newspaper articles, streaming videos, statistics, and more.