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ENGL 1204-002: First Year Writing Workshop, The Legacy of the Mediterranean I (Meyers Usher)

Prof. Penelope Meyers Usher, Fall 2019


""Welcome! This page supports research for First Year Writing Workshop, Women and Violence.

If you need assistance identifying additional resources, search terms or strategies, please schedule a research consultation with a personal librarian.

Professor: Penelope Meyers Usher
Librarian: Jennie Correia

Image: "Penelope Unraveling Her Work at Night", Dora Wheeler, 1886, silk embroidered with silk thread, via The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Steps in the Library Research Process

  • Think of a topic or question that you're really curious about, that really compels you. 
  • Write down some keywords and phrases that come to mind. You can use these to search. Be open to the possibility of new keywords, and try out different combinations!
  • Explore backgrounds and contexts. Reference sources can help you with concepts and terms, and they can also lead you to other relevant sources.
  • Search for books and articles on your topic. Carefully skim each source---including the synopsis, abstract, table of contents, and/or index--- to assess how relevant and useful it will be to you.  Put back books or articles that aren't useful.
  • Document and cite your sources as you go along - this will make the paper-writing process much easier!

Workshop materials