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Rhetoric and Writing (ENGL120-09): Home

Introduction to academic research and writing using the Library's online catalog and databases. Links include resources for finding a topic, creating a bibliography, understanding a database, library terms, and the peer-reviewed process.

WHAT IS A SCHOLARLY JOURNAL? WHAT IS PEER-REVIEWED?

Sample of a peer-reviewed journal article
"Devotional Postures in Piers Plowman"
In the journal The Chaucer Review.

Price of The Chaucer Review on the Internet.

WHAT ARE DATABASES, AND WHY DO YOU NEED THEM?

RESEARCH AND WRITE AN ACADEMIC PAPER

  1. Find a topic.
    1. Check out the databases Opposing Viewpoints or CQ Electronic Library for suggestions.
    2. Select something of interest and read the content.
    3. Notice the bibliography at the end of the report—the list of books and articles that were used for this report.
    4. Search by title at the library home page for those books and articles to read for your paper.
  2. Collect information about your topic.
    1. Get material –Library home page.
    2. Search by using “keywords.” General keywords: “global warming”
    3. Specific keywords: “global warming” AND penguins, or “coral reefs”, or something else specific to global warming.
    4. If SXU does not have the material, follow the red Request button to borrow from (-Share or Other Libraries.
    5. Set up borrowing account if needed.
    6. Get material in 2-4 days.
  3. Read your collection of books, articles and reports to learn about the topic.
  4. If a persuasive argument paper, take a stand on what you have learned and use the supporting documents to support your point of view.
  5. Cite these sources in your paper and in your bibliography of “Works Cited,” using the assigned citation format (MLA, APA, etc.)
  6. Post your paper and bibliography on your class Blackboard site.

DIFFERENT KINDS OF RESOURCES

Defining Sources of Information: primary, secondary and tertiary .

Find the difference among three kinds of article results: popular, trade, or academic

WELCOME TO THE LIBRARY--WHERE EVERYTHING BEGINS!

FIND AND RESEARCH A TOPIC

Evaluate a source:
Is the content scholarly and credible?
Is it relevant to the research topic?

Is the author a reliable and authoritative source?
What is the purpose of the resource?

Look here for topics:
OPPOSING VIEWPOINTS
Keywords: health cell phones; post-traumatic stressdrug testing student athletes

Keywords search:
CQ ELECTRONIC LIBRARY

ACADEMIC SEARCH COMPLETE
Keywords: cell phones health risk; energy drinks health; organic and conventional foods;


Want to look up a word?
Check out the OED!

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Contact Information:

James Kusik
Associate Librarian
kusik@sxu.edu
773-298-3357

BOOKS AND OPTIONS FOR ACCESS

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LIBRARY TERMS

Journal: academic magazine

Article: published research within a journal.

Abstract: summary of the resource .

Material: book, article, journal, report, images, etc., in hardcopy or digital format.

Database (such as Academic Search Complete or Opposing Viewpoints)
Material in a stored digital format that includes full-text articles, book reviews, reports, and more.

Use keywords to search: short phrases about your topic: diversity AND workplace

Scholarly: written by an expert

Peer-reviewed: a research article sent to other scholars in the field to read and critique for accuracy before being published in an academic magazine.

Full text: complete article in one or two formats:
PDF: exact scanned copy of the material.
HTML: version of an material that may or may not include graphs and photos.

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