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_First Year Writing - Regional Campuses — Class Assignments: Stamford

This guide focuses on research resources for English classes at the Regionals with information for specific assignments.

Class Assignments

Using Databases to Find Articles

  • Start at lib.uconn.edu and select Databases.
  • You can search in both databases (see below) at the same time. Search for one, open it, select Choose databases at the top, and then add the other.
  • Enter the name of your piece of literature in one box and the author's name in another box
  • Once you've decided on a theme or topic, add that keyword in the third box

Access full text:

  • Click on UConn Full Text to open up a window. Click on the title in blue of full text source.
  • If "No full text available," click on Request a PDF.
  • Sign in with your NetID.

Save search results:

  • Add items to your folder
  • Access folder (at top of page), select all and click on Export  
  • Send to RefWorks or other citation manager

Finding Articles

Use this database:

Enter your keywords and hit Search. Refine your results by clicking on Books on the left hand side.

Access full text:

  • Look for PDF or HTML full text links, or Click on UConn Full Text to open up a window. Click on the title in blue of full text source.

  • If "No full text available," click on Request this article through Interlibrary Services.

  • Sign in with your NetID.

Save search results:

  • Add items to your folder

  • Access folder (at top of page), select all and click on Export or Email.

  • Send to RefWorks or other citation manager

   

Search Google.com for web sites and articles.

  • protests "gay rights"
  • "social media" elections "united states"

To find books & articles, use keywords in the Library's General Search, i.e.:

  • internet safety
  • online privacy "social media"
  • Connecticut

To narrow results:

  • limit to Books or Peer-reviewed journals (for articles)
  • limit by subjects that are relevant to you
  • understand citations: is it a book or article?
  • identify the location of the book: is it in Stamford, online, or at another library?

Access full text:

  • Click on Full Text Available, Download PDF, or Available online for articles, and then click on a database or collection
  • Click on Available at... for books in print
  • Request books from other UConn libraries after signing in with your NetID

Save search results:

  • Add items to your Favorites after signing in with your NetID
  • Open Favorites to manage citations

1. To find books & articles, use keywords in the Library's General Search, i.e.:

  • internet safety
  • online privacy "social media"
  • Connecticut

To narrow results:

  • limit to Books or Peer-reviewed journals (for articles)
  • limit by subjects that are relevant to you
  • understand citations: is it a book or article?
  • identify the location of the book: is it in Stamford, online, or at another library?

Access full text:

  • Click on Full Text Available, Download PDF, or Available online for articles, and then click on a database or collection
  • Click on Available at... for books in print
  • Request books from other UConn libraries after signing in with your NetID

Save search results:

  • Add items to your Favorites after signing in with your NetID
  • Open Favorites to manage citations

2. Search Google.com for web sites and articles.

  • protests "gay rights"
  • "social media" elections "united states"

1. To find books & articles, use keywords in the Library's General Search, i.e.:

  • internet safety
  • online privacy "social media"
  • Connecticut

To narrow results:

  • limit to Books or Peer-reviewed journals (for articles)
  • limit by subjects that are relevant to you
  • understand citations: is it a book or article?
  • identify the location of the book: is it in Stamford, online, or at another library?

Access full text:

  • Click on Full Text Available, Download PDF, or Available online for articles, and then click on a database or collection
  • Click on Available at... for books in print
  • Request books from other UConn libraries after signing in with your NetID

Save search results:

  • Add items to your Favorites after signing in with your NetID
  • Open Favorites to manage citations

2Search Google.com for web sites and articles.

  • protests "gay rights"
  • "social media" elections "united states"
  • Library catalog

    Search for books and articles from the library home page. http://search.lib.uconn.edu.

    Using Subject Databases to Find Articles and Books

    Click on Databases and select Academic Search Premier. This is a general academic database and a good place to start.

    If you want to add an additional database, you can search in two databases at once. Open up Academic Search Premier, select Choose Databases at the top and add another database. Examples for this class:

    ERIC – education topics

    MLA International Bibliography – papers on literature

    PsycInfo – psychology subjects

    America: History and Life – covers the US and Canada

    Historical Abstracts with Full Text – world history

    Enter your search terms in the boxes.

    Use Limiters on the left to refine your results.

    Access Full Text

    Look for PDF or HTML full text link OR click on  button.

    Click on light blue link to link out to full text article. Graphical user interface, text, application, email

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    If you see Request a PDF instead, click on it to use your NetID and PW to make a request. You will receive an email with the link to the PDF.

    Save, Export, and Cite  After clicking on a record title, use the Tools on the right to save to a folder (create an account), export to a citation management tool, or cite in your preferred citation style.

Using Literature Databases to Find Articles

  • From the library home page (lib.uconn.edu), click on Databases
  • Click subject dropdown for Literature.
  • Start with Gale Literary Sources to find articles and overview essays. 
  • Then search MLA International Bibliography. Add keywords to your search of an author or piece of literature.

Access full text:

  • Click on UConn Full Text to open up a window. Click on the title in blue of full text source.
  • If "No full text available," click on Request a PDF.
  • Sign in with your NetID.

Save search results:

  • Add items to your folder
  • Access folder (at top of page), select all and click on Export  
  • Send to RefWorks or other citation manager

Using Databases to Find Articles:

  • You can search in these two databases at the same time. Open one, select Choose Databases at the top, and then add the other.
  • Enter a keyword in one box and Alice Walker in the second box, i.e. faith or "womanism" or "black feminism"

To Access Full Text:

  • Click on UConn Full Text to open up a window. Click on the title in blue of full text source.
  • If "No full text available," click on Request this article through Interlibrary Services.
  • Sign in with your NetID.

Save search results: 

  • Add items to your folder
  • Access folder (at top of page), select all, and click on Export
  • Send to RefWorks or other citation manager

Class Reading:

1. To find books & articles, use keywords in the Library's General Search, i.e.:

  • internet safety
  • online privacy "social media"
  • Connecticut

To narrow results:

  • limit to Books or Peer-reviewed journals (for articles)
  • limit by subjects that are relevant to you
  • understand citations: is it a book or article?
  • identify the location of the book: is it in Stamford, online, or at another library?

Access full text:

  • Click on Full Text Available, Download PDF, or Available online for articles, and then click on a database or collection
  • Click on Available at... for books in print
  • Request books from other UConn libraries after signing in with your NetID

Save search results:

  • Add items to your Favorites after signing in with your NetID
  • Open Favorites to manage citations

2. Search Google.com for web sites and articles.

  • protests "gay rights"
  • "social media" elections "united states"

Ghost stories assignment

Search the web for web sites and article on ghost stories.

Add the word haunted or ghost to the name of the ghost site.

To help in finding a credible source, search for articles in the New York Times or the Connecticut Post.

Look for your ghost site below with the correct publication.

Inurl:nytimes union cemetery haunted

Inurl:nytimes dudleytown ghost

Inurl:nytimes new long ledge lighthouse haunted

Inurl:ctpost Fairfield hills ghost

Inurl:ctpost Remington arms factory haunted

Citing a web site

“'White Lady' Earns Cemetery 'Most-Haunted' Status.” Westport/Weston Daily Voice, 5 Nov. 2011, https://dailyvoice.com/connecticut/westport/neighbors/white-lady-earns-cemetery-most-haunted-status/451460/

Cult Assignment

In addition to using Google, search the Library catalog to find books and articles on one of the cults provided by your teacher

Click on Full Text Access or Online Access to see the article or the book. 

 

1. To find books & articles, use keywords in the Library's General Search, i.e.:

  • misinformation threat society
  • fake news "social media"

To narrow results:

  • limit to Books or Peer-reviewed journals (for articles)
  • limit by subjects that are relevant to you
  • understand citations: is it a book or article?
  • identify the location of the book: is it in Stamford, online, or at another library?

Access full text:

  • Click on Full Text Available, Download PDF, or Available online for articles, and then click on a database or collection
  • Click on Available at... for books in print
  • Request books from other UConn libraries after signing in with your NetID

Save search results:

  • Add items to your Favorites after signing in with your NetID
  • Open Favorites to manage citations

2. Search Google.com for web sites and articles.

  • Is fake news a threat to democracy
  • misinformation danger society

1. To find books & articles, use keywords in the Library's General Search, i.e.:

  • internet safety
  • online privacy "social media"
  • Connecticut

To narrow results:

  • limit to Books or Peer-reviewed journals (for articles)
  • limit by subjects that are relevant to you
  • understand citations: is it a book or article?
  • identify the location of the book: is it in Stamford, online, or at another library?

Access full text:

  • Click on Full Text Available, Download PDF, or Available online for articles, and then click on a database or collection
  • Click on Available at... for books in print
  • Request books from other UConn libraries after signing in with your NetID

Save search results:

  • Add items to your Favorites after signing in with your NetID
  • Open Favorites to manage citations

2. Search Google.com for web sites and articles.

  • protests "gay rights"
  • "social media" elections "united states"

Search Google.com for web sites and articles.

  • protests "gay rights"
  • "social media" elections "united states"

To find books & articles, use keywords in the Library's General Search, i.e.:

  • internet safety
  • online privacy "social media"
  • Connecticut

To narrow results:

  • limit to scholarly/peer reviewed articles
  • limit by subjects that are relevant to you
  • understand citations: is it a book or article?
  • identify the location of the book: is it in Stamford, online, or at another library?

Access full text:

  • Click on Online access, Download PDF, or Available online for articles and then click on a database or collection
  • Click on Available at... for books in print
  • Request books from other UConn libraries after signing in with your NetID

Save search results:

  • Add items to your Favorites after signing in with your NetID
  • Open Favorites and select all to export to RefWorks

Also try this general academic database:

1. To find books & articles, use keywords in the Library's General Search, i.e.:

  • internet safety
  • online privacy "social media"
  • Connecticut

To narrow results:

  • limit to Books or Peer-reviewed journals (for articles)
  • limit by subjects that are relevant to you
  • understand citations: is it a book or article?
  • identify the location of the book: is it in Stamford, online, or at another library?

Access full text:

  • Click on Full Text Available, Download PDF, or Available online for articles, and then click on a database or collection
  • Click on Available at... for books in print
  • Request books from other UConn libraries after signing in with your NetID

Save search results:

  • Add items to your Favorites after signing in with your NetID
  • Open Favorites to manage citations

2Search Google.com for web sites and articles.

  • protests "gay rights"
  • "social media" elections "united states"

Search Google.com for web sites and articles.

  • protests "gay rights"
  • "social media" elections "united states"

To find books & articles, use keywords in the Library's General Search, i.e.:

  • internet safety
  • online privacy "social media"
  • Connecticut

To narrow results:

  • limit to Books or Peer-reviewed journals (for articles)
  • limit by subjects that are relevant to you
  • understand citations: is it a book or article?
  • identify the location of the book: is it in Stamford, online, or at another library?

Access full text:

  • Click on Online accessDownload PDF, or Available online for articles and then click on a database or collection
  • Click on Available at... for books in print
  • Request books from other UConn libraries after signing in with your NetID

Save search results:

  • Add items to your Favorites after signing in with your NetID
  • Open Favorites to manage citations