ENGL 516 - Written Communication for the Sciences

Welcome! This guide is designed to help you learn how to use K-State Libraries' many resources to complete your ENGL 516 assignments.

Library Research Guide


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Welcome to the Libraries' ENGL 516: Written Communication for the Sciences Class Guide!  This guide is designed to help you learn how to use K-State Libraries' many resources.  If this guide does not have the information you are looking for, don't hesitate to  Ask A Librarian  for help any time during the Libraries' service hours.

Use the tabs on the left to navigate through the guide where you'll find information about using keywords, finding articles and other credible information online, how to properly use citation and not plagiarize.

Research Process

Research can be challenging, non-linear, monotonous, frustrating, and rewarding. Breaking parts of the process into smaller pieces
makes it manageable. Below are some steps you might experience as you begin a research project. If you get stuck at any time in this process, Ask A Librarian or make an appointment with your librarian.

First steps in the research process

  1. Choose a topic
  2. Develop a research question
  3. Find resources on your topic
  4. Save your sources

Research notes and reflection

This process takes days, weeks, or months. It is helpful to take notes as you go to track your thinking. Reminders to yourself will save time.

Ask yourself: What am I thinking about as I develop my research question(s)? What types of information do I need to answer this question? Where am I searching and what search terms am I using to find resources? What is interesting to me and my research about this specific article?

Scholarly vs Popular Periodicals

Video describes the differences between popular and scholarly sources. Created by Heard Library at Vanderbilt University. 

How to Develop a Good Research Topic

Produced by K-State Libraries