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COM 101: Final Project

Resources for COM 101 Class

Writing Resource Center

Common Databases to Try

If You Use Web Sources...

Remember the CRAAP test to evaluate whether the information is scholarly enough to be used in this assignment.

Forgot what the CRAAP test is? That's okay, you can review it on the COM 101 homepage

Final Paper Library Worksheet

Topic-Specific Databases

If your topic is medical, try these databases:

And remember to read through the abstract in order to make sure you can understand the terminology and research explained. Medical topics can get complicated quickly. Using reference material, like Ebook Central, can help with that.

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If your topic is social/cultural, try these databases:

And use Boolean operators, quotation marks & other search strategies to narrow down your topic.

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If your topic is political, try these databases:

And make sure to always check the date of publication on your sources.

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If your topic is scientific or agricultural (food), try these databases: 

And make sure to read through the abstract in order to make sure you can understand the terminology and research explained. If possible, try to figure out what type of science your topic falls under (agriculture, biology, chemistry, etc.) before you start searching.

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If your topic is technological, try these databases: 

And focus on the way technology influences people, culture, society, etc. Don't get caught up in the articles that are providing a ton of details about how a technology works.