Hispanic Sociolinguistics

Course #: SP438E

Choosing keywords

  • Formulate a research question in order to focus your ideas about the topic. Please see our video tutorial on developing an effective research question
  • Write down the different concepts used in this question (“spanish” AND “language” AND “gender”)
  • For each concept, think of similar terms that you might also use (“gender” OR “women”)
  • TIP: Find additional clues for terms in the titles and abstracts of articles
  • Locating the right combination of keywords takes time. You will need to go back and forth, revising the terms as you examine your search results
  • View our video tutorial on using keywords effectively

Finding articles

Using Google Scholar to find Laurier Library articles

To make the most effective use of Google Scholar:

  • Click on the link to settings; scroll down to “Library Links.” Type the word “Laurier”; check the link to Wilfrid Laurier University and save preferences
  • Look for the “Get it @ Laurier” link beside articles that the library owns
  • Use the advanced search option for more targeted searching
  • If you find too many irrelevant resources, change the drop-down option from search “anywhere in the article” to search “in the title of the article”
  • If the article is not free, click on the link to other versions of it (just below the description of the article). One of the versions may be freely available
  • To find key authors on your topic check the “cited by” link
  • If the article is dated, click on the “cited by” link for more recent articles on the same topic

Laurier doesn't own the article or book?

  • Get it through interlibrary loans free of charge
  • How do you request it?
  • From the library homepage, click on "Services" > "Request from other libraries" > "RACER (Interlibrary loans)"
  • Your login is your OneCard barcode number
  • Your password is your last name (lower case)
  • Choose "blank request form" (from the left side of the page), fill out the form, and submit it
  • You will be notified when the resource arrives. Articles will be emailed to you as PDFs

Creating a bibliography

Getting help with writing the paper

  • The Centre for Student Success has a number of useful guides for writing essays.
  • Visit their website for handouts on such topics as “constructing an argument,” or “10 essential features of academic writing.”
  • Or make an appointment with the centre for personal essay guidance.

Need help?

  • Don’t hesitate to contact me (Pauline Dewan); I am here to help you. For additional information, see my contact page.
  • Email me at pdewan@wlu.ca
  • Call me at 519 756-8228 ext. 5529
  • Instant message a Laurier librarian for help by clicking on “Ask Us” (from the home page of the Laurier Library)

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