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Writing 100 (Zanzucchi): #4 Benefits of Books

Challenge #4

The article literature does not seem to have much on my topic.

Topic: "Define what advanced writing is."

Where else might I look for information on my topic?

Use Melvyl to Find Books & More


Search Tools & Strategies           1) Writing/Composition or Education focused search tools 2) Subject focused (e.g. biology) search tools 3) Use search tools which include a lot of book literature (catalog)
4) Use bibliographies; find a known item

ERIC (education)

MLA International Bibliography
PubMed Melvyl reading from class
Pros Your general subject is often a good match for many of the materials indexed. Can be more targeted at your area of focus More books are available, for certain topics book literature is the preferred place of publication; may locate journal articles too Potentially points to articles aligned with the relevant article you are reading; may point to articles that are not indexed well
Cons Even in ERIC and MLA there could be a variety of topics (e.g. leadership, literature) May be few journals (or relevant materials) indexed Extensive index across all subject areas, may be too much at times To locate articles, may require additional knowledge about searching strategies
Experiment writing n/2 "literature review" “science writing” "literature review" AND (writing OR doing) Article. Lerner, Neal. "Laboratory Lessons for Writing and Science." Written Communication. 24.3 (2007): 191-222.

Activity - Challenge #4