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RHET 100: Academic Writing for the American Classroom: Home

Search Strategy

Here is a good, basic formula for getting started with your research:

  • Begin by using the keyword brainstorming worksheet to help you tweak your research question, identify keywords and related terms, and keep track of what you find.  
  • Search in a library catalog (Summon, OBISOhioLINK and/or WorldCat) to find books and reference sources.  These sources will:
    • provide BACKGROUND and CONTEXT
    • REVIEW and SUMMARIZE earlier work
    • help you FOCUS your topic and
    • provide CITATIONS to important books, journal articles, conference papers, interviews, etc.
  • Next, search research databases to find articles. The library has hundreds of databases; those listed on this guide are good places to begin.
  • You may also wish to use Google Scholar to search the Internet.  This is a great tool for doing cited reference searches.
  • Finally, use the CRAAP test worksheet to evaluate the sources you find.

Research Help

Research Help

Contact:Runxiao Zhu (she/her/hers)
115 Mudd Center, Main Library
runxiao.zhu@oberlin.edu
440-775-5116

OFFICE HOURS (Spring 2019) Weds 2 - 3 pm (Sign up) or By APPOINTMENT


 

Librarian

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