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WRIT 1120: Seminar in Research Writing: Home

Kickstart your research

Not sure where to start your research? Try using Summon. Summon is a good starting point for most research topics because it can access a variety of source types from a variety of subject areas.

Check out the search strategies tab for a few tips that may make your research process smoother. Click on the Ask Us! tab to reach someone who can provide virtual research assistance.

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
  • Kickstart your research
  • Get to know your library

2. Search Strategies

  • 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 and the SIFT method of source evaluation

6. Generating Citations

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


Get to know your library

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