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FYWB BC1102: Leaving Home

Prof. Breyer, Fall 2020

Getting Started

photograph of Persepolis screening in a movie theaterWelcome! This page highlights key resources for the First Year Writing: Leaving Home research project, including the following:

  • Materials for the library workshops
  • The class bibliography 
  • Tips for searching for books
  • Databases for locating articles, including scholarly and peer-reviewed articles
  • Resources for citing your sources and writing
  • Tips to to help keep textbook costs down
  • Remote library services during the Covid-19 pandemic

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

Image: "persepolis" by Susan Sermoneta, via flickr

Steps in the Library Research Process

  • Think of a topic or question that you're really curious about and that really compels you. 
  • Write down some keywords and phrases that come to mind. You can use these to search for sources. 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!