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Introduction to Fiction Writing

A guide to introduce students to library resources in professor Bill Lychack's Spring 2017 Introduction to Fiction Writing course.

In-Class Activity

We had a short discussion about databases in class this evening. This class activity will allow you to discover and search a database of your choice. Please complete the follow steps in pairs or small groups and be prepared to share with the class:

  1. Start at the the Databases by SubjectDatabases A-Z page, or Databases tab in this guide.
  2. Look at some of the database descriptions and select a database. This can be one you might use for class research or one that interests you.
  3. Select the database title and connect to it. From here, run a quick search using the example we used in class or one that you choose. Be prepared to answer the following questions:
    1. What is the name of the database you searched and why did you choose this database?
    2. What types of information or sources does it contain? (ex: newspaper articles, scholarly articles, etc.)
    3. Why might you use this database? (ex: for a specific class or assignment, for personal research, etc.)