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English and Literature Resources: Research Questions

Citation Resources

  • Style/Citation Guides
  • RefWorks is a web-based, personalized system for managing citations and notes for research projects of any size. It can be used to add citation records from online catalogs, databases and other sources, as well as to produce bibliographies formatted in any major style.

    RefWorks workshops are offered throughout the year. For a list of this semester's sessions, visit the Library Workshop page.

    RefWorks can be accessed from the Find Articles link on the main Library page or with this link.

  • Research Questions

    When searching in a database, critical thinking skills are essential.  Don't waste time and paper!  These questions can be used for any research assignments. Spend a few minutes reviewing the citation and/or abstract information and consider the following details:

    Author: who wrote this and what are his/her credentials and affiliations?

    Source: is this a scholarly, professional, popular, or trade publication?

    Publisher: who produced this? government? university? corporation?

    Date: when was this published?

    Audience: for whom is this written? general public? scholars? practitioners?

    Purpose: are the findings clearly stated? Are there clear biases?

    Data: is methodology explained? Are charts, graphs, illustrations clearly presented?

    Conclusions: do the findings support the thesis?

    References: are there footnotes and citations leading to related work?

    Compare: how does this article compare with other articles in this field?

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