This guide was created to help you prepare for your short research assignment and lightning talk on your chosen writing technology.
In preparation for your assignment, which requires research, you have hopefully begun to think of possible questions to start your inquiry. You will also want to spend some time thinking about how you will conduct your research.
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Example Databases for researching Writing Technologies (See an A-Z list of all databases)
Communication & Mass Media Complete provides coverage of journals in communication, mass media, and other closely-related fields of study.
Academic Search Complete is a large general database of articles from scholarly journals, magazines, and newspapers on many topics.
Scopus is an abstract and citation database that indexes content from more than 25,000 active titles and 7,000 publishers—all rigorously vetted and selected by an independent review board.
CQ Researcher provides in-depth In depth reports on selected issues in the news with lists of recommended books and articles. Good for current news topics like the regulation of AI or generative AI and copyright.
Education Full Text allows you to search for articles and reviews from English-language periodicals and yearbooks about all aspects of education. From 1994 has abstracts, from 1996 has full text of major articles from selected journals.
MLA International Bibliography (MLAIB) indexes the broadest range of resources about literature in all languages, as well as film, television, and popular culture, including over 4,000 journals as well as books and dissertations. For articles not available full-text in MLA, click on “Find article @ UVa Libraries,” or look up the journal title in Virgo, the library catalog.
Google Scholar is useful for finding scholarly articles, books, and websites. It can also be useful for seeing who has cited an article or essay after it was published.
Virgo, the UVA Library’s primary search tool, contains catalog records for books, print journals, DVDs, maps, and digitized materials, as well as links to online articles from our rich array of subscription journals. You can search catalog materials and articles together, or view those results separately, using the facets provided to limit your results by author, format, publication period, and more. To find online content, use Filter Results By (on the left) and choose Online.
Example subject terms of possible interest: