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ENGWR 300 - Professor Leung (Spring 2024): Getting Started

Why Use the Database on This Page?

Why Use the Gale eBooks Database?

  • Gale eBooks are a great place to start your research because most of the content found here are encyclopedias or Reference Resources.  Encyclopedias provide an overview of a topic and are really helpful for introducing you to a topic that may be new to you.  They are also a great resource for discovering relevant keywords to use in your searches.

How to Use the Gale eBooks Database?

  • Start by watching the video below, and then practice applying what you learned as you explore each of the database.
  • Use 1-3 keywords that are related to your topic to see what kind of background information you can discover.

Remember, if you have any questions about how to use this database, you can email me at, or contact any one of the ARC librarians.

How to Use the Preliminary Research Databases - Videos

Databases for Background Research

This database is a great resources to start with to gather some background information on your topic.  

TIP: The most effective way to use this particular databases is to begin with 1-3 keywords.  

TOPIC: What is the impact of multiculturalism and cultural assimilation on the United States?

Good: DACA

Good: indigenous peoples rights

Not so good because it's too long for this database: healthcare discrimination people of color