- 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
- One way of starting is the library catalogue. Choose the “articles” tab. Click on the “peer reviewed” link for scholarly articles
- There are also databases for every field
- The following databases list articles on your essay topics:
- Do you already know the title of the article you want? Watch a video tutorial on how to find an article when you know the title
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
- Visit our help page on citing sources for links to APA and other style guides
- See our short video tutorials on when to cite and how to cite.
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.
- Don’t hesitate to contact me (Pauline Dewan); I am here to help you. For additional information, see my contact page.
- Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
- 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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