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ENGL 4008/5008: Rhetoric of Science

This research guide provides resources for Heather Vorhies' ENGL 4008/5008 course.

Reference Works

VIDEO: Scholarly vs. Popular Sources


Atkins Library is sponsoring BrowZine, a new application that allows you to browse, read and monitor many of the library’s scholarly journals - all in a format optimized for your iPad, iPhone or Android tablet and phone. You can also access BrowZine on the web, and sync your account across all platforms.  A link to BrowZine Web is accessible from the Databases tab on the library website.

BrowZine delivers top journals from publishers like Oxford, SAGE, Springer, Wiley and Elsevier and many more. With BrowZine, you can:

Browse and read journals by subject, easily review tables of contents, and download full articles.

Create your own bookshelf and be notified when new articles in your field of interest are published.

Save articles for off-line reading or export to services such as DropBox, Mendeley, EndNote, RefWorks, Zotero, Papers and more.

Using Keywords

What are Keywords?

Keywords are words or short phrases that represent the main concepts in your research topic or question.

Research databases use keywords to find relevant information, not full sentences, spelling mistakes, or conversational language. This is why it is important to have a good selection of keywords before you begin searching.

Brainstorming Keywords

To think of some keywords, identify the main concepts of your research question or topic. Then, think of synonyms or like-terms for these concepts. Keep a list of all these keyword options. Some may pull more relevant information than others.

Keyword Generator Tool - this tool from the University of Texas helps you pull out key concepts of your research question.

Keep an eye out for how your topic is discussed by authors and what subject-specific language they are using. You can always add these terms to your list of keywords!