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GSW 1120: Academic Writing: Home

Table of contents

Wondering where to start? Take a look at the table of contents below.

1. Home Base

  • ​Table of contents for the LibGuide
  • Kick starting your research
  • What's at the library?

2. Search Strategies

  • In a gripping and suspenseful movie, learn how to navigate databases to find what you need

3. The Pre-Search Essay

  • How to choose and find a topic to write about
  • How to narrow your topic
  • How to organize your research
  • How to develop a research question
  • How to use an organizer to find synthesis between your sources

4. Getting Specific with Research

  • An eclectic collection of specific links and databases to help you search by subject or media type

5. Evaluating Sources

  • Learn the ABC's of source evaluation

6. Generating Citations

  • Links to guides on MLA and APA, as well as the Purdue OWL and the reliable citation generator KnightCite

7. Instructor Resources

  • Library scavenger hunt lesson plans: help your students get to know the library.
  • Source Evaluation lesson plans: help your students learn to differentiate between scholarly sources and non-scholarly sources.
  • Academic honesty lesson plans and videos: help your students learn the difference between paraphrasing and plagiarizing. 
  • Library quizzes: test and evaluate your students' knowledge with pre-made quizzes
  • Further resources: the ProQuest Research Companion database


Kickstart your research

Not sure where to start your research? Try using the library's summon search engine. 

Or better yet, instant message with a librarian to chat online about your research needs.

Still better, check out the search strategies tab for a few tips that may make your research process smoother.

Get to know your library

-Are we open? Probably, but check our schedule.

-Scout out the first floor map to find the books, a computer, a study space, or some help.

-Better yet, scout out the entire building so you know what's what and where's where.


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