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US 1100: University Seminar

University Writing Center Services & Tools

Are you anxious about your essay or new to citations? Book an appointment with a Writing Center Consultant! *Note: After two missed appointments, the scheduling system will block future appointments—more resources for students, such as citation guides and best practices in academic writing available online. 

Student Support Services

Get Help from Your Librarian

The Research Process

Evaluating Online Sources

In-Person & Online Tutoring, Alkek Library, 4th Floor

Keyword Searching

Search the Library Catalog

Search the library catalog for print resources, ebooks, movies, and more!  The catalog is like an inventory of what the library owns both on the shelf and online.

You can use the same search strategies you would use in a database, including "phrase searching," Boolean operators, and truncation.

Background Information Databases

These databases focus on current issues and trends. They provide information such as current situation of the topic, chronology, and opposing viewpoints. They are helpful when beginning to research a topic that you are not familiar with or if you want to know more about what both sides are saying.

CQ Researcher

In-depth, unbiased coverage of health, social trends, criminal justice, international affairs, education, the environment, technology, economy, and global affairs.

Opposing Viewpoints in Context

Current social issues presented in topic pages with a variety of data on differing points of view.

Points of View Reference Center

Multiple sides of current issues, such as Iraq or stem cell research, for debates and position papers. Each topic features an overview/objective background , point (argument) and counterpoint (opposing argument).