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Find sources for your Unit 3, "Adding to the Conversation" project.
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Welcome instructors and students, to your guide to library research supporting College Writing. This guide will provide you with information on not only the utilization of the libraries' resources, but topics that will help you be a better researcher throughout your college career. 


Selecting a Research Topic

The most challenging part of starting a research paper can be finding a research topic.  Below are resources to help you begin the process.


Concept Mapping is a way of visually brainstorming research topics and ideas for your paper.  This video outlines the method of concept mapping and how it can be used to pinpoint a research topic of interest.

The Choosing a Topic guide provided by Purdue's Online Writing Lab provides detailed information on how to initally select a topic of focus for a research paper.  This information may also be downloaded and distributed as a handout.


Searching WorldCat

To find sources for your annotated bibliography, start your search with UMA WorldCat.  This resource gives you the ability to search the Five Colleges Catalog and several databases at the same time for books, articles and more!  For help getting started with UMA WorldCat, take a look at the Getting Started With UMA WorldCat Tutorial that we've put together for you.  



Finding Course Materials on Reserve

Reserves materials for this course can be found by going to the Physical Reserves page, selecting COURSE NAME in the Search For menu, and typing College Writing into the Search box.

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