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Writing 100 (Winek): Session

Advanced Writing


Part I: Getting Started (5 min)

  • library guide
  • session overview

Part II: Reflect on Search Experience (15 min), completed in Google Spreadsheet

  • tentative research questions
    • databases used / potential databases
    • keywords & phrases
    • search strategies

Part III: Search Strategies (15 min)

  • review basic search strategies
  • leverage subject terms
  • use methodology limits (reviews & empirical)
  • locate known items

Part IV: Independent Searching (15 - 20 min)

  • try two or more databases
  • Activity: locate potential resources

Part V: Free Web Search Tips (15 - 20 min)

  • a different approach, simplified
  • limited to domains and file types
  • Activity: locate potential resources

Part VI: Wrap-Up (10 min)

  • challenges?
  • what works well?
  • research help
  • session feedback


After this session, you will be able to:

  • identify and use databases, whether multidisciplinary or disciplinary, to locate relevant literature.
  • thoughtfully & logically apply search strategies (basic and advanced) to find scholarly and non-scholarly sources.
  • reflect and revise search strategies based on search tool, search results, and/or database functionality.

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