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Comp Research Resources: Getting Started

What's here...

The purpose of this research guide is to direct students to resources for conducting research in Comp.   The library has a significant number of print sources and academic databases specifically designed for the topics covered in this class. 

Need help?

Ms. Hopkins, like any librarian, is here to help with...

  • developing search strategies
  • finding sources
  • properly citing sources or MLA guideline interpretation
  • technology assistance
  • finding a good book to read

Email her through your school Google account - or stop by the library to see her. 

Database Trials through end of April Vacation

We are running a trial of these databases through the end of April vacation. Check them out!  Tell Ms. Hopkins what you think. (Note - username/pw are the same as all our other databases - login before you do your keyword search!)

African American Experience 

Social Explorer -  Current and historical demographic data.  

Oxford Art Online 

Oxford/Grove Music Online

NoodleTools - citation manager replacing our premium subscription to EasyBib.  You can still use EB next year but it will include the following limitations:

  • MLA only (no APA)
  • advertisements
  • no notecard/outlining features

NoodleTools Tutorials

Why are keywords so important?

#Keywords allow you to locate materials on your topic in the library catalog and databases.  You need to think about the language used by the "experts" and related synonyms.  

Keywords (think hashtags) can be:

  • People
  • Places
  • Events - i.e. 9/11
  • Time Periods/Eras - i.e. The Great Depression, 1930s
  • Issues
  • Concepts  

Don't just do one search!  Search a resource with multiple keywords and then use the database tools to refine (narrow) your results. 

Hash Browns for #breakfast by CarbonArc made available for re-use under a Creative Common's license.