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

Why Use the Databases on This Page?

Why Use the Databases on This Page?

  • The databases on this page are great for providing you with background information that will help you get familiar with a topic.
    • NOTE: The Opposing Viewpoints database is great if you're searching for opposing arguments on a topic.  But, sometimes, in an effort to provide an opposing viewpoint, those arguments may be extreme and highly biased, so think critically when using these resources.

How to Use the Databases on This Page?

  • Start by watching each of the database videos below, and then practice applying what you learned as you explore each of the databases.
  • 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 Background Research

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

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

TOPIC: The people of Flint who were exposed to toxic water during the water crisis did not receive justice.  

Good: flint water 

Good: flint water crisis

Not so good: people water crisis flint justice