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ENGL 1210: First Year Writing, Women and Culture (Condillac Spring 2020, Section 001)

About This Guide

 

In this guide, you'll find resources to help you with your research for First Year Writing: Women and Culture.

  • Resources to research background and contextual information on your topic and the approaches you might be bringing to your research (see links below)
  • Places to find books in print and online
  • Databases for locating articles, including scholarly and peer-reviewed articles
  • Resources for citing your sources and writing
  • Guidelines for getting required course texts for free via the Library
  • New information on accessing library services remotely

Please feel free to book an appointment with me on my calendar page, for further support with your research.

 

 

Image: Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Photographs and Prints Division, The New York Public Library. "Nella Larsen, author." The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 192. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/6a33db22-83f0-8442-e040-e00a18067a81.

 

 

Choosing a Topic

It may feel really overwhelming to choose a research topic. Here are some tips to keep in mind:

  • Choose a text and/or concept or problem that interests you. This can be your starting place---be prepared for this to change a bit as you develop your research!
  • Write down keywords and key phrases that relate to your topic. Think of alternative terms. If you want to visualize them spatially, start a concept map, or mind map. 
  • Research backgrounds and contexts, if you would like (see below for some reference sources that can help with this). 
  • Use the words and phrases on your concept map in your searches across catalogs and databases. Try out different combinations!
  • As you begin to review the sources you have found, think about how you might want to develop the shape of your topic---by maknig it more specific, or broadening it, or approaching it differently than you did when you started. 

 

Reference Sources