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WRT 102: Home

Collection of resources and guides for students in WRT 102.


The purpose of this guide is to help students in WRT102 get started in the research process, locate appropriate resources and identify scholarly material to use in research projects.

Use the tabs above to navigate the guide.

  • Find Articles - Find a list of databases where you can get scholarly, academic, peer-reviewed, popular, and news articles on your research topic.
  • Find Books - Find print and eBooks related to your topic.
  • Where Can I Find...? Where to look for the type of information you need.
  • What Do I Do When...? Ways to resolve various search problems.
  • Research Tutorials - Interactive and video tutorials to help you with your research.
  • Citation & Plagiarism- Find out about tools and sites that offer help with handling citation and avoid plagiarism.

Instead of using Wikipedia

Wikipedia is fine for quick answers but it's not a reliable source for academic research. Anyone can contribute content to Wikipedia and there is no guarantee that the information posted is accurate.  

You have some academic options when you need a quick overview on a topic:

Try the Library's discovery tool! Enter a topic in the search box and then click on Research Starter in the results.  Be sure to scroll down to the bottom of the page for the citation.

Try Britannica Online! It's also an online encyclopedia but it's not a wiki so there is less risk of incorrect information.

Try Opposing Viewpoints!  It's a database that includes newspapers, magazines, video, audio and general reference sources.  But it also provides an overview on many topics.

Once you find your topic, check the bottom of the page for citation information.

Subject Guide

Jennifer DeVito
Frank Melville Jr. Memorial Library
Stony Brook University
Stony Brook, NY 11794-3300
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Off-Campus Access

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