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WRTG 105B Reasoning and Writing In the College (Schaefer): Research Guide

worksheet for crafting good searches

Finding Articles and Books on your topic

If you're looking for articles that are interdisciplinary, or are in popular magazines or newspapers, use the databases below.


Citation Tracking: Finding articles by citation

Once you have one (or more) useful article on a topic, use the references at the end of article to find more sources on your topic using our Citation Search tool.  This helps you see what was written previous to your current article, often called citing backward.


Use Google Scholar to see who has cited your article after it was published.  This helps you see what has been written after your article was published, citing forward.



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Reading strategies for vetting sources for close reading

Statistics Resources

Government Information

For more Goverment Sources, see: 

BEAM Method

Notetaking for Research when writing papers


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Contact a Librarian

Interlibrary Loan

If UR doesn't have the article or book you need, Interlibrary Loan (ILL) is a service that will deliver a copy to you. PDFs of articles usually arrive in two days or less!  Just go to the ILL page:

Still can't find what you're looking for?  Please contact me! 

APA Citations

Online tutorial for APA style:

See the citation guides at the Purdue Online Writing Lab:

See the Publications Manual of the American Psychological Association — call number: BF76.7 .P83 2010

Zotero: reference manager

Zotero is the best tool for capturing web pages, videos and blog sites. They have a great 3-minute introduction hereIt works best with Firefox, but is compatible with any browser. 

Zotero lets you easily import citations right from your browser.  It allows you to cite these sources in Microsoft Word and other word processing programs. 

Here's a quick peek from the librarians at Wake Forest showing just how easy it is to use:

Getting Started With Zotero, from Idaho State University Libraries:

Installing Zotero

We recommend that you also download and install the Microsoft Word citation plugin (or the OpenOffice plugin if you're using OpenOffice). If you'd like to use Zotero with Google Docs, the Chrome Connector will add a Zotero menu item in the top bar. These allow you to easily cite items from your Zotero library in your papers.

1. Zotero Standalone (Firefox, Chrome and Safari)

Zotero Standalone (unlike Zotero for Firefox) runs as a separate program instead of part of your web browser.  It works with Firefox, Chrome and Safari.

Download and install Zotero Standalone just as you would any other program. You will also need to install the Connectors to allow your browser to save items to your Zotero library.  You can install both Zotero Standalone and Zotero for Firefox and use both on the same computer.

You'll probably also want to download and install the Microsoft Word citation plugin (or the OpenOffice plugin if you're using OpenOffice). These allow you to easily cite items from your Zotero library in your papers.

2. Zotero Bookmarklet (extension for other browsers and mobile devices)
If you're using Internet Explorer or a mobile browser, you can still save items to your Zotero library. A free Zotero account is required.  The Zotero Bookmarklet works with all desktop browsers and most mobile browsers (including Safari for iPad and the Android browser).  

Visit the Zotero Bookmarklet page for installation instructions for your particular browser or device. 


On a Tablet:

If you’re using a mobile device or a desktop browser without a Zotero Connector, you can use the Zotero Bookmarklet to save items to your Zotero library.


World News

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