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Writing and Contemporary Politics


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FIND AN ARTICLE: SEARCH THE LIBRARY’S DATABASES

These databases are either tailored to your subject or they provide coverage over a wide range of interdisciplinary topics. Before you start, you might take a look at some tips on searching databases.

  • Academic Search Premier: An interdisciplinary database that provides full text for nearly 4,600 journals, including more than 3,900 peer-reviewed titles
  • Issues and Controversies: Covers current social topics that inspire debate and controversy and offers information on both sides of the argument
  • Points of View: Overviews on a variety of current events and sets of opposing viewpoints on controversial subjects
  • Student Research Center: Access to information from several kinds of resources, including magazines, country reports, and encyclopedias
  • TOPICsearch: Access to full text for more than 150,960 articles from 475 diverse sources to allow researchers to explore social, political and economic issues

FIND A BOOK: ONLINE OR IN THE LIBRARY

 

If you can't go the library's stacks, check out our collection of online reference books:

  • Credo Reference Online: Access to more than 300 reference books, including general and specialized encyclopedias and dictionaries for overviews on topics

If you can visit the library, it's it’s easy to browse our collection because we organize books by their subject:

Organizing Books By Subject
SUBJECT CALL NUMBER HEADING
Modern English language PE
   


You also might try these books, some of which are in our reference collection and some in the main stacks:

  • Elements of Style: a classic text that explains how to write clearly and concisely PE 1408 .S227 2005
  • On Writing Well: a handbook on how to write nonfiction, including reports and essays PE 1429 .Z5 2006
  • Readings are Writings: a book on how critical reading intersects with the writing process PE 1408 .Y58 1996
  • Elements of Argument: a reader on how to write argumentative papers PE1431.R68 2009
  • Writing Arguments: a handbook and reader on rhetoric and persuasive writing PE 1431 .R33 2001
  • MLA Handbook: Provides information on how to cite resources and write a bibliography in the MLA style Ref LB 2369 .G53 2009
  • The Publication Manual of the APA: Explains how to cite sources and create a bibliography in the APA style Ref BF 76 .7 .P83 2010
  • The Least You Should Know about English: Basic sentence structure and grammar   PE1413.W55 2005


FIND A WEBSITE: USE INTERNET RESOURCES WISELY

Although these websites are likely to be accurate, you should still evaluate information found on the Internet.

Here are some websites on writing college papers:

  • Purdue’s Online Writing Lab (OWL):Presents information on writing for college studies, including handouts on grammar, essay organization, research, and professional writing
  • Dartmouth Writing Lab: Presents information for students on writing academic papers, including specialized topics on writing for particular subjects and documenting sources
  • Writing Guides at Colorado State University:Offers online textbooks on how to plan, organize, research and write essays in for college classes and includes information on various forms of writing
  • The Writer’s Handbook: Provides information on the writing process, tips on how to improve writing, citation guidelines, and guides to proofreading from the University of Wisconsin Madison
  • Guide to Grammar and Writing: Provides overviews on structuring essays, conducting research, constructing sentences, and organizing paragraphs by using pull-down menus
  • Guide to Grammar and Style: Offers information on grammar rules with examples and links to other sites and is maintained by a professor at Rutgers
  • Handbook of Rhetorical Devices: Provides definitions of terms used in rhetoric and offers examples of rhetorical devices in an overview of the topic

Here are some websites on current events and contemporary politics:

  • The Center for Public Integrity: Presents investigative journalism on  current social issues in the United States
  • Public Agenda: Provides research on public opinions and political activity on a variety of social issues
  • FedStats: Presents governmental statistics, arranged in a topical list, and includes press releases from governmental agencies
  • CIA World FactBook: Contains governmental information on the countries of the world, including data on a nation’s geography, history, economics, and communications systems
  • FactCheck.org: Provides information on the accuracy of statements made by politicos and is hosted by Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania

FIND A PRINT JOURNAL: READ THE LATEST ISSUES

The library subscribes to magazines and journals that are related to your field. Head to Tioga 2 and browse through some of these journals: 

  • College Composition and Communication 

CITATION GUIDES: CREATE A BIBLIOGRAPHY

Whether you use websites, electronic journals, reference books, or print resources, you will need a bibliography. Here’s some information on how to cite your sources:

  • Avoid inadvertent plagiarism: [PDF] It’s possible to copy from a source and not even know that you’ve done anything wrong.
  • KnightCite: This great site formats the bibliographic entry for you, and you can select the appropriate style (MLA, APA, Chicago).
  • Guide to the MLA style: [PDF] The MLA-style is generally used for papers written in the humanities.
  • Guide for the APA style: [PDF] The APA-style is generally used for papers written in the social sciences, especially psychology.

FIND MORE HELP: USE COLLEGE RESOURCES

Don’t hesitate to talk to a librarian, a tutor, or your instructor when conducting research. Make the most of these resources!


Published Oct 29, 2012 (Updated Apr 25, 2014)


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