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WR121 Crumrine

Research guide for Paul Crumrine's WR121 students, who are writing a research paper exploring a specific fact, belief, cultural attitude, or event about our past.

General, narrow, and focused topics

The next step of your assignment is to research your chosen topic further by studying sources other than Life with the goal of writing an informative research paper about the topic. As you start your research, you will need to:

  1. Search for resources on your general topic.
    Screenshot - basic search of broad topic.
    Read and learn a bit. Ask yourself "what do I want to know about XYZ?"
  2. Search again, but this time, use more search terms that reflect your narrowed topic.
    Screenshot - basic search of a narrowed topic.
    Through this second round of more targeted searching, you should see resources relevant to your narrowed topic. But perhaps not specific enough to your historical time frame.
  3. Do one more round of very targeted, intentional searching to find resources about your focused historical topic.
    Screenshot - basic search on a very focused topic.

Find articles on your focused topic

Off-campus access

Access CCC Library's online article and eBook databases from off campus anytime, anywhere! Follow the instructions below to log in from off campus.

  1. Go to CCC Library's homepage.
  2. Select Articles and A-Z databases under Research tools.
  3. Select a database (e.g., EBSCO eBooks).
  4. Log in using your full myClackamas email address and password.
  5. Select Submit.
  6. Success! You will have immediate access the database you selected.

Trouble logging in? Call 503-594-6323 or 503-594-6042 for help.

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