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Scholarly? Peer-reviewed?

Have you heard your professor use the terms "scholarly" or "peer-reviewed" sources before?

These terms describe research articles that have been critically examined by other scholars in the same field.

To limit your search to only scholarly articles you can select the  "scholarly (peer-reviewed) journals" option in the database. If you're still not sure if the article is peer-reviewed, visit the journal's website or ask a librarian! 

Welcome ENGL 1107!

This guide will help you find information for your research paper.

First: Google is awesome! You've probably learned how to search Google a long time ago. Google will only help you so much for your assignment (and other assignments in university). Library databases will help you find relevant and timely information for your essays. This page will help you command your search and get the results you want (not ads and fake news that you see on Google).

Remember research is NOT a linear process. Although I suggest steps to follow, you may repeat steps and this is okay!  Need more help? Contact your librarian, Jason!

Step 1: Keywords! Plan Your Search

Once you select your topic, identify the major concepts or keywords in the topic.

Example 1: How do media representations of Colin Kaepernick and the NFL address race in America?

Now, select 3 major keywords. For each keyword, select 2 synonyms or related terms.

Keywords: media representation, NFL, race

Related terms: media, news, sports, football, racism, discrimination 


Example 2: Will Beyonce's marketing strategies help her public image?

Now, select 2 major keywords. For each keyword, select synonyms or related terms.

Keywords: Beyonce, Marketing

Related terms: Beyonce Knowles, branding, image, media

Step 2: Background Information

Have you used Wikipedia to look up definitions before? Try using a scholarly resource like CREDO Reference. CREDO provides definitions, eBooks, encyclopedias, and handbooks.  

Step 3: Search Databases and Novanet

Using your keywords, try searching for your topic in any of  the following databases or Novanet.  You can find secondary (scholarly) sources, by selecting "limit to: peer-reviewed scholarly journals".  Depending on your topic, you may have to search more than one database to find articles or books.

Note: Try @ CBU is a link to the PDF!

Step 4: Cite Your Sources!

Use the following guide to help you format your in-text citations and Works Cited page!

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