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Welcome, this LibGuide is designed to help you research topics for your Comp 1 course. Using the tabs (above) you can find information on various parts of the research and writing process, as well as links to the library's resources.
Follow the instructions in this guide to make your research easier.
Check out The Information Cycle from the University of Wisconsin to get a better understanding of how information is generated and recorded.
Please feel free to contact us with any questions about the guide, or research in general.
Snap! Search - Stop searching and start finding. Search most of our resources at once and find what you need.
Use the Snap! Search limiters to narrow down your results by selecting source types, subjects, date ranges and more. These limiters will be located on the left side of your results.
You can also use the Advanced Search to refine your search results.
The TX All Text option will give you more results by searching the full-text of the document for your search terms. Use caution with the other options in this list, they may not do what you think they should. For most searches, it's best not to select an option. Use the TX option when you don't get any or many results.
A Synthesis Matrix is a great tool for organizing your research. As you read your articles, take note of quotes and ideas that support (or refute) your main concepts by entering them in the Synthesis Matrix. This will allow you to easily find evidence to support your thesis, and make citing your sources much easier.