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Writing 120G: Natural Science as a Social and Cultural Enterprise


This guide includes information and resources designed to aid you conducting research for your assignments in Writing 120. For further assistance, schedule a research consultation or contact your librarian using the contact information in the left-hand column.

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General / Interdisciplinary Databases: Find Popular and Scholarly Articles!

If you're exploring research topic ideas, these databases are a great place to start. Try looking at newspaper and magazine articles or encyclopedia entries to get a general sense of the information available on your potential topic and identify aspects of the topic that you'd like to pursue further in your paper. To find in-depth research articles on your topic, look at the "Find Articles: Disciplinary Databases" tab of this guide.

Discipline-Specific Databases

These databases are great places to search for scholarly, peer-reviewed articles. Keep in mind that many of these databases also contain popular sources, like magazine and newspaper articles, so make sure to evaluate each article you find to determine whether it's been peer reviewed. If you're not sure about a particular article, contact your librarian for help!