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Resources and Services for Tomislava Dragicevic's English 125 Class
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About This Guide

This guide is designed introduce the library to undergraduate students at The University of Michigan and to act as a basic guide for undergraduate research.



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Welcome to the Library

This guide will help you with your assignments for this course, in particular your Formal Essay 4:  Academic Synthesis.


Getting Started and Exploring Your Topic

Finding and Exploring Your Topic

This guide has lots of info on sources and ways to come up with a topic, on ways to get a quick overview of the major issues in a topic, and useful suggestions for how to broaden or narrow a topic.

Suggested Databases (Topic Overviews)

CQ Researcher is noted for its in-depth, unbiased coverage of health, social trends, criminal justice, international affairs, education, the environment, technology, and the economy. You can browse CQ Resercher by topic, track specific controversial topics by date or look up topics in their Pro/Con section. Pro/Con offers succinct articles by experts arguing for and against given topics. Click on the image below to go to this database.


Issues and Controversies offers accurate discussions of over 250 controversial topics in the news supplemented with chronologies, illustrations, maps, tables, sidebars, contact information, and bibliographies including primary source documents and news editorials. It has a subject index and a section featuring pro/con articles on a number of topics.

 General databases


ArticlesPlus is perhaps best described as "Google for the library's online content - without the ads!" From a simple single search box, ArticlesPlus searches full-text content as well as metadata from a wide variety of sources and returns a list of relevancy-ranked results.  Over 6,800 publishers are represented in ArticlesPlus, totaling over a half-billion articles from nearly 100,000 journals, newspapers and magazines.

Google Scholar (with U-M Ann Arbor MGet It Links)

The Google Scholar search engine that searches for scholarly documents on the World Wide Web, with the added feature of MGet It (labeled as "Availability at UMichigan") links from University of Michigan at Ann Arbor that connect you to the online and print versions held by the University Library.


Combined access to 50+ ProQuest databases, including full text journals, historical newspapers and corporate reports, and specialized indexes for many different fields, including:  Arts, Business, Engineering, Health Sciences, History, Humanities, Literature & Language, News & Current Events, Science, Social Sciences, and Dissertations & Theses. 

Specialized databases

Word History and Analysis

Online Oxford English Dictionary

Online Urban Dictionary

Juba to jive : a dictionary of African-American slang

Merriam-Webster's dictionary of English usage

The queens' vernacular : a gay lexicon

Random House Webster's unabridged dictionary

Corpus Of Contemporary American English

Specialized Scholarly Databases


Linguistics & Language Behavior Abstracts (LLBA)

MLA International Bibliography

FRANCIS (International Humanities and Social Studies)


Web of Science

Communication & Mass Media Complete


Research Guides and Useful Links

Linguistics Resources Research Guide

Communication Studies Research Guide

English Language & Literature

What is a primary source?

Harold's Profile



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