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College Writing II

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In this guide you can learn the following skills required for producing excellent college writing:
 ❉ develop a topic
 ❉ search the library catalog
 ❉ search databases for full-text articles
 ❉ use Interlibrary Loan
 ❉ judge the quality or bias of what you read
 ❉ properly attribute sources
 ❉ avoid plagiarism.

Getting Started

Deciding on a topic is possibly the most difficult part of doing research. If you're not sure how to start, talk with your professor, ask a librarian, or:

❉ Think about a topic that you are interested in.
❉ Do some background reading from a textbook or subject encyclopedia.

❉ Generally, you will want to narrow your topic to something manageable. You may need to rework it several times as you research. It is possible you may need to expand a topic if it is too narrowly focused on a single idea.
❉ Once you have an idea, write it out as a short sentence or question then pick out search terms.
"How does stress affect memory?"  stress, memory

❉ Use the sources in the following Research Tools pages to find information.

Guides to Writing

College Writing and English