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English 305: Technical Writing

A research guide for the classroom sections of English 305

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Get some background information on your topic

Know as much as you can about your topic before diving into scholarly sources. Encyclopedias, magazines and newspapers are great places to start learning about your topic. They can also help you to start thinking about keywords, experts on a topic and find references to articles that you can use to build your search strategies.

Credo Reference is an eyclopedia database that provide you with a great place to start your research. Try a search out below.

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EBSCO Discovery Service

Start some preliminary searches and trying out different keywords to find articles

A good starting point for this kind of search is EBSCO Discovery Service or Academic Search Complete which can help you to locate a variety of sources (journals, newspapers, magazines) on your topic.

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