This writing-intensive course aims to provide practical and cumulative skills in writing clearly, correctly and persuasively across disciplines and situations. The course assumes the importance of a close relationship among reading, thinking and writing, and operates on the premise that the practice of writing encourages thinking and promotes innovative, insightful reflection.
Library research is an essential part of this process. It involves following the "scholarly communication" as it develops, through publications.
When scholars research a topic, they start with what's already known and build upon it. The publication of scholarly articles and books documents the growth of information and allows others to participate by refuting, evaluating, commenting, and supporting each new step.
Omni is the new academic search tool that locates your research material quickly and easily. Find Omni at the top of all our library webpages, or use the links below.
This 9-minute video walks you through the process of finding Omni, signing in, searching, limiting results, getting the full text, and saving items for later. It's 9 minutes well spent!
You need to find scholarly material for this research. What does that mean?
Look for material that published, not just put up on a webpage.
Once things are published, they're permanent and they can't be changed. If you use a published document, it doesn't matter if you accessed it online or in print - the document is the same.
Look at who the author is.
For more help identifying scholarly sources, see our tutorial.