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ENGL 1017 A: Writers at Work - Harrington (Fall 2023)

General Strategies

Strategy One: Start with Known Items

Start your research by consulting materials on a topic that your have used in class or that have been recommended to you by your professor.

  • Review the footnotes and bibliography for additional books to consult.
  • Look the book up in the UVM Library Catalog and see what other books share the same "subject."

Strategy Two: Browsing

When you are looking for books on the shelves of the Howe Library, look at the books near the book you went to look for. Books on similar topics are shelved together and you will often find excellent materials by browsing the shelves in this way.

Strategy Three: Cast a Wide Net

Cast a wide net. Use a variety of databases as you look for resources look beyond UVM by using Interlibrary Loan.


Before You Search

Before you search think about words and short phrases that describe what you are looking for. Some phrases you might try include:

  • "writing practices"
  • drafting
  • revision
  • writing and feedback
  • writing and community
  • writing and revision
  • writing and craft
  • writing and procrastination

As you discover relevant materials take note of the language being used to describe them and look for additional materials using these new terms.