Introduction to Academic Writing

Course #: EN190F

A) First steps

  • Your OneCard is your library card. New cards should be automatically registered.
  • You will be asked to log in when accessing paid resources from off campus.
  • University vs. high-school research (video: 6:33)

B) Finding a topic

C) Scholarly sources

You will need five scholarly sources for your annotated bibliography.

Important hints

  • read each source as you go along; each one will lead to more
  • keep track of where you look and the keywords you use
  • start early (library staff can deliver books and articles from other libraries)
  • don't pay for articles: the library pays for you!
  • use Boolean searching:

D) Learn about your author

Search Literature Online for your author; look for biographies and other reference materials.

E) Finding books

Use the Primo Catalogue to identify books at Laurier, the Universities of Waterloo and Guelph, and the Annex

Don't want to read a whole book?

  • Check the table of contents (at the beginning of each book) to find a chapter on your topic. Also check the index at the back for keywords.

F) Finding scholarly journal articles

Every discipline has a key database for finding journal articles. For English, use:

G) Other

Having problems? Don't hesitate to contact me: email, call (519-884-0710 x3384), drop in, or make an appointment. My office, L3-312, is one floor up from the main floor of the Library on the Waterloo campus. Come up the stairs, then walk straight ahead.