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RUN Writing Across the Curriculum: How Do I Do that Stuff We Learned in Class?

Library guide for Dr. John Aveni's WAC sessions

Review of Research Strategies

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Below are videos that will help you remember more complex research techniques we used in class.

Getting Started with Research: Scholarship as Conversation

You are in information creator! "Scholarship as Conversation," discusses how your research fits into the larger world of scholarly inquiry and debate.

A research project is about more than simply submitting an assignment and receiving a grade. Each time you research, you're placing yourself in a conversation with scholars in your field. You're also forming, discussing, and weighing ideas over time with other researchers.

Throughout this tutorial, we will explore:

  • What it means to contribute to scholarly conversation.

  • The importance of crediting others' research contributions.

  • How to critically evaluate the contributions of others

Is It Popular or Scholarly?

"Popular Literature vs. Scholarly Peer-Reviewed Literature: What's the Difference?" teaches how to tell scholarly and peer-reviewed information from popular sources.


This video, "Peer Review," defines what  peer review is and explains why it's important for scholarly research.


Choose the right database! The Choosing a Database video teaches you how to set criteria so that you choose the best database for your research. REMEMBER AT RUTGERS to read the description of a database before doing your searching!

Use this tutorial on Choosing and Using Subjects and Keywords to refresh your memory of our class discussion.

Choosing and using keywords (and subjects) are important skills when conducting research. In this tutorial, we will examine:

  • Why identifying keywords is important.

  • How to select key concepts from a research question.

  • Ways to identify useful keywords.

Is it a Primary or Secondary Source?

Different professors will define primary sources slightly differently from each other and from the video below. When writing for your courses, always check with your professor to determine which sources they consider primary source and which they consider secondary or tertiary sources.

Primary and Secondary Sources


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Krista White
Digital Scholarship & Pedagogies Librarian

John Cotton Dana Library, Rutgers-Newark

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