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Rhetoric of Reading in the 21st Century (Spring 2008)

The Rhetoric of Reading in the 21st Century (PWR 1) Winter 2008
Librarians: ShinJoung Yeo. shyeo AT stanford DOT edu

IMPORTANT NOTE: This is not just a Research Guide; it is a Research Strategy Guide. Your research topic may not fit the general description of your course. Therefore, pay close attention to the steps for conducting your research. The examples of resources may not fit your topic, but the strategy for finding resources on your topic will be the same.

  1. Identify your topic of interest
  2. Think about the significant terms, concepts, and keywords that describe your topic. These terms will become the key for searching for information about your subject in library catalogs, online databases, and other resources.
  3. Utilize a variety of sources

    Information can come from anywhere. The type of information you need will change depending on the research question you are trying to answer but you DO want to use various sources in order to conduct a comprehensive research.

  4. Start Searching!

   

  • Find Background Information

Utilize reference books like encyclopedias, dictionaries, bibliographies, indexes etc. Reference books provide overviews of a topic, usually include bibliographies for further reading so they can be very helpful when you are selecting a topic, or when you need background information.

To find Reference books:

Use Reference Universe: a database you can search to find subject encyclopedias on any topic. Be sure to click the "Restrict Search to Titles in your Library" checkbox to see what we own at Stanford. Click on the open book icon to get the Stanford call number and location.

Note: You can also find reference books for specific topics by using Socrates (library online catalog) or by consulting a librarian at Information Center.

Here is a sample of some of the Reference books we have to get you started. These are all located in Information Center on the first floor of Green Library.

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