A Guide to Finding Resources
for Advanced Composition
Washburn students may search many
of the resources listed here from any computer with Internet access. To
access restricted resources, you will be prompted to enter your name and
WU ID number.
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Selecting a Topic
Browse the following if you need help selecting
may be found to your right as you enter the Library. Newspapers for
the past month may be retrieved at the Circulation Desk. Older issues
of newspapers may be found on the north end of the lower level of
the Library in the microfiche and microfilm cabinets. Machines for
printing articles from microfiche or microfilm are located in the
same area; printing is free.
Newspapers - A full text database
of over 160 U.S. newspapers and English language foreign papers.
Universe (Lexis-Nexis) - Search the full text of 50 major
||Recent issues of news and current
affairs magazines are located on the shelves to your right as you
enter Mabee Library. Browse through Atlantic Monthly, Business
Week, The Futurist, Harper's, National Review, New Republic, Newsweek,
Time, or U.S. News & World Report for possible topics.
|Magazines in a particular field
||To find current hot topics in
a particular field, browse through magazines or journals in our collection
that cover a subject of interest to you.
- A complete listing of our magazine, newspaper,
and journal holdings may be found in the Reference Area on the
second floor of the library and in the Periodical Collection on
the first floor. An electronic version of the Mabee Library Periodical
Holdings is available at http://www.washburn.edu/mabee/researchTools/MABEE_LIST.pdf
- You may also search the library
catalog to find a list of magazines and journals by subject.
For example, perform a "general subject" search of the
library catalog for "sports
medicine periodicals" or "business periodicals"
to retrieve a list of journal titles in these subjects owned by
provides in-depth, up-to-date background information on the most current
and controversial social issues of today.
|Vital Speeches of the Day
||For the full-text of contemporary
speeches, check out Vital Speeches of the Day (WU
Mabee Periodicals Lower level) - Covers 1940 to 2006.
- You may also search the Expanded
Academic ASAP electronic database to find the full-text of
speeches in Vital Speeches of the Day.
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Finding Articles that Present Different Points
To narrow your search to articles that present
different points of view, try these strategies:
Library Article Databases
- Conduct a keyword search for your topic and
include some form of the word argue. Although argue and
argument are not searchable subject headings, some form of the
word may appear in the abstract or full text of the article. In some
databases, you may use a wildcard (usually an asterisk *) to search
all variations of a word, for example, argu* .
- Additional keywords to try: pros, cons,
opposing, viewpoints, against, proponents, issues, opinion, and
- Look for a subdirectory or sub-heading that
includes the phrase "Moral and Ethical Aspects."
- Additional sub-headings to look for: Economic
Aspects, Law and Legislation, Political Aspects, Psychological Aspects,
Public Opinion, Religious Aspects, Social Aspects
Journals are a great source of information on current
topics and lists of references at the end of articles can provide leads
to additional sources. Articles from scholarly journals often provide
the most current and detailed information on a subject. Scholarly journals
are also referred to as peer-reviewed journals or refereed
journals. Here you can find a research
guide that will help you identify refereed journals. In some electronic
databases, such as Expanded
Academic ASAP, you may limit your search to articles in peer-reviewed
Listed below are a few general databases in which
to start your search. Once you have decided upon the focus or perspective
of your paper, search an appropriate subject-specific database from the
list at http://www.washburn.edu/mabee/researchTools/elec_dbs.html.
Washburn students, faculty and staff may access electronic search services
from off-campus by using your Washburn ID number. Call 670-1483 if you
have problems with remote access to the electronic indexes/databases.
||LexisNexis® Academic provides
searchable access to a comprehensive spectrum of full-text information
from over 5,600 sources, selected to meet academic research needs,
including national and regional newspapers, wire services, broadcast
transcripts, international news, non-English language sources, U.S.
Federal and state case law, legal news, law reviews, international
legal information, business news journals, company financial information,
SEC filings and reports, and industry and market news.
||Includes articles about development,
pay equity, education, politics, family life, reproductive rights,
gender equity, sociology, health, violence and exploitation, human
rights, legal status, the workplace, and lesbian concerns.
||The CQ Researcher Online is both
a tool for selecting a topic to research and a comprehensive resource
for exploring the most current and controversial issues of the day.
||A full text database of over 160
U.S. newspapers and English language foreign papers.
||Expanded Academic ASAP® is
comprised of more than 3,500 indexed and full-text titles of
which 2,100 are peer-reviewed in all disciplines with more
than 20 years of backfile coverage and an intuitive interface that
expedites successful searches. Expanded Academic ASAP offers balanced
coverage on a wide-range of topics including social sciences, humanities,
education, science and technology.
||Thomson Gale's InfoTrac OneFile
is a comprehensive periodical resource that puts more than 39 million
database records at researchers' fingertips. More than 9,200 titles
and backfile coverage from 1980 from mainstream to specialized sources
and an intuitive search interface make this an unequaled source for
virtually every popular, business and professional topic.
||JSTOR is a full-text archive of
scholarly journals. Coverage is usually from the first issue up until
3-5 years ago.
||From business and political science
to literature and psychology, ProQuest Research Library provides access
to a wide range of popular academic subjects.
OmniFile Full Text
||Full text of articles from over
2,100 publications, many of them peer-reviewed.
Internet Article Databases
- Gives you free access to millions of articles from thousands of top
- Directory of
Open Access Journals - Covers 2577 free, full text, quality controlled
scientific and scholarly journals in all subjects and languages..
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Encyclopedias and Dictionaries
A good starting point to find background information
on a topic is in general and special encyclopedias, dictionaries or handbooks.
These sources provide an overview of a topic, identify key people and
concepts, define unfamiliar terms, and often include a list of books and
articles on a given topic. They are also good for narrowing down a topic.
You may want to browse the Mabee Library Reference Collection or
search other Reference Works online from http://www.washburn.edu/mabee/researchTools/elec_dbs.html
. Ask a reference librarian if you need assistance.
The Library Catalog
Books are generally not as current as journal articles,
but they provide a more comprehensive coverage of a subject. Search the
library catalog to find books on a
specific subject. You may search by book title, subject, keyword(s), or
a combination of author and title. Subject searching is most effective
when you already know the Library of Congress Subject Heading to use.
Computer terminals are located on all three floors of the library. Call
670-1483 if you need assistance on the 3rd floor.
Mabee Library has several
book collections that compile pro/con arguments about contemporary social
issues. Conduct a "keyword" search for opposing viewpoints,
at issue, current controversies, contemporary issues, contemporary
world issues, reference shelf, taking sides, and library
in a book to retrieve a list of titles in these collections.
Here is a complete guide on how
to find books in the Mabee Library.
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Interlibrary Loan/Document Delivery
If the Mabee Library does not own or have access
to a particular book or journal, you may request a copy of the article
or the book through Interlibrary
Loan; this free service normally takes 7-10 days for books
and 2-7 days for journal articles..
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Citing Your Sources
Style manuals provide the necessary
information for documentation and style in writing research papers and
reports. Check out the research guides on the different styles if you
need help citing your sources.
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