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ENG 291/391: What is Racial Difference?


Welcome! This guide offers a few starting places for your research in ENG 291/391. If you would like to talk with me about any aspect of your research — from developing a research question to finding, evaluating, and citing sources — please feel free to make an appointment with me!

Explore a Topic in SuperSearch

Trying some initial searches in SuperSearch can be a great way to begin to explore a topic from many angles across a variety of disciplines. Some tips:

  • Start with a broad keyword search and scan the results to discover different themes and approaches, e.g., 
    • food justice
  • Scan the Subjects that come up in your results list for useful terms to try in new searches.
  • Use the filters to focus your search. For example, limit to books and e-books or scholarly (peer-reviewed) journals, or use the publication date filter to find articles or books published the last 5 or 10 years.

Encyclopedias & More

These databases contain a variety of specialized encyclopedias, handbooks, biographical sources, bibliographies, and other reference works. They can be good starting places for getting overviews of a topic, biographical information, definitions of key terms, vocabulary for searching, and suggestions for further reading. 

You can also explore your topic in an individual encyclopedia or handbook.