Welcome to the Research Guide for your English 161 Course
UIC Librarians have created this guide to expose you to techniques and tools for finding quality sources for your research paper.
Writing & Style Guide Web Sites
Tips for Searching Catalogs and Databases
In addition to the search techniques covered in the "Doing Reserach Tutorial" above, the following techniques can improve your success with online searching, whether you're searching a catalog for books or a database for articles:
- Enter phrases in quotes: "higher education," "community college"
- Use truncation symbols to search for alternate word endings: In most databases, entering educat* searches for educate, educator, educators and education.
- If one term doesn't work, try a few others. Experiment with different vocabulary related to your topic. Brainstorm ideas for relevant keywords and use background sources such as wikipedia and encyclopedias for suggestions.
UIC Writing Center
Writing is one of the most important skills that students take away from college. To help students learn about writing, UIC offers a special free resource, a peer writing center, where students work with other students to improve as writers.