Introduction to Academic Writing

Course #: EN190E

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) Definitions

Sage Knowledge
Collection of encyclopedias and dictionaries. Use to define terms and discover keywords to search.

D) Scholarly sources

You will need at least three scholarly sources for your essay.

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!

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) or the index (at the end) for your keywords

F) Finding scholarly journal articles

  1. Start with the Primo Catalogue
    • use articles tab
    • after searching, limit to peer-reviewed and English
  2. Need to find a reference from an article or book?
  3. Need more articles? See Subject Guides for the best databases for each discipline

F) Citing sources

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.