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EH 109: English Composition Second Language Writing: Finding Background Information and Articles

Research skills for EH 109

Starting Out

You will start your paper by doing some background research about your topic.

Your textbook states, "Becoming familiar with some existing research on your topic can provide valuable background informaiton and give you an overview of the topic . . . [and] help you discover issues that have not been researched -- or perhaps even identified" (450).

Below are some places to find background on your issue. Some questions to think of while researching your topic are:

  • When did this first become an issue?
  • Why is it an issue?
  • Who does it affect?
  • What's been said about it in the past?
  • What else do I need to know about it?

Where to find articles

You may need popular and/or scholarly articles.  These databases have both.

When searching Academic Search Premier:

It's to the upper right of your search results.

Quick Search

You can start with a quick search of everything the library has.

*Caution: you may get too many!


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