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First Year Writing: Queer/Migrant Section 4 (Spring 2020)

About This Guide


In this guide, you'll find resources to help you with your research for First Year Writing: Legacy of the Mediterranean.

  • 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 remote library services 

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


Image:"Queer Feminists Against Borders," photographed by aesthetics of crisis. Stencil artist unknown. Athens, Psirri, Greece. Flickr. Accessed 10/13/19.

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

Below are some examples of reference sources that you can browse and search digitally, to find working definitions, backgrounds, contexts, and overviews. To look up a term or concept across a range of reference sources we have access to, you can also try a CLIO Articles Search, and then limit the results by Content Type to Reference.