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ENGL 1301/1302 - Academic Writing and Research  

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Research- What is it?

Use this course guide to help build sources for your research project

If at any time you feel confused or frustrated, please ask for help!

Research requires:

  • time
  • patience
  • focus
  • initiative
  • reasoning
  • analysis


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Select and focus your research topic

Need help forming search terms? Try:

  •    Writing a sentence about your topic
  •    Pull out important words
  •    Think of other key terms outside of the sentence
  •    Talk to other people about it--perhaps someone who works in the field.
  •    Use database features to focus your research question

Start here

  • Academic Search Complete  
    Multi-disciplinary academic resource. Covers social sciences, humanities, education, computer sciences, engineering, language, arts, literature, and medicine. Includes scholarly full-text articles from over 7,300 sources, with an additional 1,000 full-text sources. Indexes more than 10,000 periodicals
  • America's News from Newsbank
    Over 2200 full-text newspapers from across the United States, from as far back as 1978. Included among them are the Amarillo Globe-News from 2002 to the present and over 100 other Texas news sources, sometimes from as far back as 1984. Wildcard/Truncation: * for any number of characters, ? for exactly 1 character. Use quotes for phrase searching.
  • CQ Researcher  
    Online, full-text of the CQ Researcher. Includes issue reports on topics in the news, plus legislative information. Please logout when finished searching.
  • Gale Virtual Reference Library  
    Full-text, searchable access to more than 175 specific encyclopedias in many subjects, including business, social sciences, history, biography, religion, popular culture, and much more.
  • Google Scholar  
    Google scholar is a specialized Google service that searches the web for material that MAY be scholarly. Using the special link above and signing in with your WTAMU ID provides free access to full-text of items located in WTAMU's proprietary databases.
  • Credo Reference (formerly Literati)  
    Over 650 reference books offering more than 3.3 million full-text articles. Also offers over 30 videos and tutorials on aspects of research skills, evaluating information, avoiding plagiarism, study skills, and creating and delivering presentations.
  • Newspaper source  
    Cover to cover full-text for 35 U.S. and international Newspapers, plus SELECTED full-text from more than 300 regional U.S. newspapers, major international newspapers, syndicated columns and television and radio transcripts. Also includes abstracts for major national papers such as The New York Times and The Washington Post.
  • Oxford English Dictionary (OED)  
    Online version of the premier dictionary of English language, with more than 600,000 words. Search for a specific word or phrase, or browse by categories, language, region, etc. Each word has definitions, examples, pronunciation guide and chronology of usage. Updated four times a year with new words and revised entries.
  • Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory  
    Comprehensive international list of journals, magazines, newspapers, and online full-text electronic references. For each title indicates subject area, publisher, publication schedule, where indexed/abstracted, if peer reviewed and more. Search by title, ISSN, publisher, subject, keyword, dates, and more.

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