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ENGWR 300 - Professor McQueen (Fall 2020): Getting Started

What Should I Do on This Page?

The databases below are wonderful for background information and getting more familiar with a topic that is new to you. Watch each of the database videos below, and that practice applying what you learned as you explore each of the databases

Quick Tip: Use 1-3 keywords that are related to your topic to see what kind of background information you can discover.

How to Use the Preliminary Research Databases - Videos

Databases for Preliminary & Contextual Research

The following databases are great resources to start with to gather some background information on your topic.  

Keyword Tips:

  • The most effective way to use these particular databases is to begin with 1-3 keywords. 

Here are some examples searches:

TOPIC #1: Barbie dolls should/should not be allowed to be marketed to children.

Good: barbie doll market

Not so good: barbie dolls allow marketing child

TOPIC #2:  Fashion designers and clothing distributors should/should not be required to meet and maintain standardized sizing in order to avoid vanity sizing. 

Good: vanity sizing

Not so good: fashion designers clothing distributors standardized sizing