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COMM1100: Communication in Action FALL2020: Locating Sources

research basics

Locating Background Information

New Topic? No Problem!  We have overview databases that can give you a brief look at important topics, ideas, or people. Start here for new research assignments or for unfamiliar concepts.

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Finding Articles in Cheng Library Databases

You can access databases from the Library homepage by clicking on Databases. Since there are more than 130, we have made it easier and selected a few useful ones for this class. From off-campus, you will just need to enter your WP username and password.

Statistical Information

Search Tip: Keywords

It is usually a good idea to start out broadly, so using just one or two of your topic terms is a good way to begin. Once you have a set of results, you can begin narrowing down your results by entering one or more terms. Searching in a specific field such as "Subject" or "Title" will narrow or focus your results. 

Scholarly vs. Popular

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Do you know the difference between what is considered to be a Scholarly publication and what is a Popular publication? View the Library's Tutorial to find out!