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ENGl 01A Ortiz: Welcome

College Composition and Reading

About this Guide

Thanks for completing the Canvas module!

This class guide has ideas for finding print ads and information that could be useful as you work on your social media research assignment, including recommended databases and books, MLA citation resources, and a quick way to get in touch with faculty librarians.

Cheat Sheet for Launching Your Research

  1. Think about your research question.
  2. Note keywords, synonyms, & other related words that represent your research interest.
  3. Craft a search in Academic Search Complete as a starting place. 
  4. Run your search and narrow your results by limiters.
    • Check the box for Full Text
    • Source type - you can narrow by different types of articles, such as magazine, news, or peer-reviewed scholarly articles
    • Dates - refine if needed
  5. Skim your results. Read the summaries (abstracts) to decide if you should put more time into reading the actual sources.
  6. Email and download any articles that seem relevant. Save the citation information. You will likely need to edit citations.
  7. Revise your search as needed.
  8. Try the other recommended databases for your assignment.
  9. Get research help from a faculty librarian if you're still stuck.

Faculty Reference Librarian

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Lindsay Davis
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