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College Writing R4B: Performances of Protest: Research Process

Scott Wallin

Be Critical

Don't be afraid to let your personal taste and inclinations guide the direction of your research. 

  • What kinds of sources do you need?
    • If you need scholarly articles, search article databases on the library website.
    • If you need movie times, search Google!
  • Slow down. 
    • Is there an advanced search page?
    • Can you limit to peer-reviewed articles?
    • Can you limit by the year published?
    • Can you use any subject terms to get more relevant results?
  • Iterative searching
    • Learn from the search results
    • Too many results? Too few?
    • Look at citations from good sources

Picking Your Topic IS Research

Library Research Notebook

Use this library tutorial to find online resources for your research project:

How do you cite your sources?

Formatting and Style Guide (Purdue OWL website)

Online guide for APA, MLA, Chicago, and more styles.

The MLA Style Center (website)

Writing resources from the Modern Language Association.

Citing a Live Performance (MLA)

Zotero App (Online Guide)

Free citation management software to help collect, organize, and share research sources.