Research Basics - English 1

Research Basics - English 1

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Background Information - Sample Resources
New Encyclopaedia Britannica: (Rivera Ref - AE5 .E5 15th ed. 2002)

Encyclopedia of [ Whatever ]: (Mostly in Rivera Reference but do not ignore the rest of the collection)
Search SCOTTY the UCR Library Catalog for either "encyclopedias" or "dictionaries" as SUBJECTS. 

Examples of subject specific encyclopedias

Encyclopedia of Applied Ethics: (Rivera Ref - BJ63 E53 1998)
Four volume set covering a wide range of topics. Gives historical background of, and the philosophical arguments for and against, positions on various issues.

Encyclopedia of Bioethics: (Rivera Ref - QH332 .E52 1995)
Covers medical topics, such as abortion and euthanasia, from an ethical perspective. Has an annual supplement, Bibliography of Bioethics (Ref Z6675 E8B5).

Encyclopedia of Social Issues: (Rivera Ref -  "Controversial Topics" bookshelves - HN57 .E59 1997)
    6 volume set covering wide variety of current concerns.  Check the index for complete access.

    Social Issues in America: an Encyclopedia: (Rivera Ref - HN57.S624 2006)
    8 volume set containing lengthy articles detailing a variety of social issues.  Each article includes historical background, primary documents, bibliographies, etc.
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    Citations to scholarly and general-interest articles, many with full text, on a wide range of subjects.

    Keyword(s): violence media

    Retrieve fewer articles:
    Apply limits: Articles with text, refereed publications, date, etc.
    Modify Search: add more keywords - violence AND media AND children, Editorial, etc.
    Subject: Use their subject terminology - Violence in Mass Media

    Retrieve more articles:
    Use synonyms: violence OR aggression
    Wildcards: violen* (retrieves violent, violence, etc.)

    ACADEMIC via LexisNexis
    Access to a wide range of news, business, legal, and reference information. Contains citations, abstracts, and many full-text articles. Coverage of sources varies.

    Keyword(s): animal rights

    Retrieve fewer articles:
    Specify dates
    Modify Search: add more keywords (experimentation); use phrases enclosed in double-quote marks ("animal rights")

    Retrieve more articles:

    Use synonyms: violence OR aggression
    Wildcards: violen! (retrieves violent, violence, etc.)

    See for more tips.

    Find Databases by Subject: (
    Discover databases specifically focused on your area.
    Sources containing Multiple Viewpoints
    CQ Researcher: (Rivera Ref - "Controversial Topics" bookshelves (H35 E352) - print and online)

    Off Campus Access / Connect from Home

    You can access these resources from off-campus. Visit ( for more information and instructions. Remote access is a free service provide by the Campus Office of Computing & Communications (C&C)

    An issue or trend is covered in each issue featuring multiple viewpoints and a bibliography.


    Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center:
    News articles, statistics, differing viewpoints, etc.,  on a wide range of social issues.  Similar books containing various viewpoints are shelved on the "Controversial Topics" bookshelves in Rivera Reference.


    Find books AND periodical titles and whether they?re checked out.

    Keyword: gay marriage*
    Subject: same sex marriage (No hits? Try "Search as Words")
    Title: What is marriage for?

    Limit/Sort: by year, material type, language, etc...

    See for more tips.

    See also the MELVYL Catalog for ALL UC Libraries

    Congressional Digest: (Latest in Gov Pubs Ref - JK1 .C63)

    Each issue covers one topic and includes an overview, the legislative background, and pro and con positions from members of Congress and other parties. 

    Supreme Court Debates: (Gov Pubs Ref - KF4546 .A3 S86)

    Each issue outlines a current Supreme Court case with excerpts of lower court ruling, the briefs, and the oral argument transcripts.  Indexed in PAIS International.  
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