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WRIT1340, Summer 2023: Home

Library Guide for the Summer 2023 WRIT 1340 course

Activity Time! (Part 1: Key Words)

Part 1: In class, you've been discussing broader ecologies of climate change, or issues that may not initially seem related to climate change, but are consequences and results of climate issues. Take a moment to brainstorm some keywords or subject terms that come to mind when you think about climate-related issues or environmental justice. 

Part 2: Around the room, you'll notice some books from the library collections. Take a few minutes to look through some of these titles and consider other keywords or subject terms that you might use to describe these resources. 

When you've come up with a few terms, enter them here!: 

Catalogs: Learn to search library catalogs effectively to locate books and other relevant materials

Tertiary Sources: General References

Tertiary sources might include encyclopedias, indexes, dictionaries, or other broader references sources that can help get you started with research! These can be useful when you need ideas for a new research topic, a place to find additional sources, or general background on a topic of interest. 


Secondary Sources

Secondary sources include scholarly articles, periodicals, dissertations and theses, and other sources that interpret and analyze primary source information or synthesize existing studies. Below are some databases where you can begin your search. 

Scholarly articles: 

Activity Time! (Part 2: Information Bias, Privilege & Authority)

When you write a research paper or begin searching for information, it's important to draw in a wide variety of sources. This shows your credibility as a researcher, demonstrates that you are able to synthesize many perspectives on a topic, and helps you to provide readers with a more comprehensive understanding of certain subject. Particularly when you are writing about a social or political issue, it's important to consider information bias and authority in the sources you use to inform your work.

Step 1: For this activity, you will work in a group to evaluate and analyze several scholarly articles, public news sources, and other materials discussing food security from different perspectives. Take some time to do a close reading of these articles and ask a few evaluation questions: 

-What is the main argument of the article? Who is the audience? Whose views are represented? Is the author credible or an authority on the topic? What kind of language is used? 

Step 2: Use this Google JamBoard to write some observations, quotes, terms, ideas, etc. that you took away from the articles you read. 

JamBoard Link

Giving Credit & Citation Justice

Just as it's important to draw on information from a variety of sources in your research, it's also important to consider who you're citing in your work. Citation matters because it shows your credibility as a researcher, gives credit to others in your field, and elevates the voices of other researchers contributing to a particular body of work. 

To effectively practice citation, it's important to consider citation justice, or the act of citing authors based on identify to uplift marginalized voices with the knowledge that citation is used as a form of power in a patriarchal society based on white supremacy. To practice citation justice, here are a few things to consider: 

  • Ask yourself: Whose research is this? Whose interests does it serve? Who is framing its scope? How is this research disseminated?
  • If there is a gap in information or a particular voice missing from your references, address that gap in your writing! 
  • Practice "auditing": when you have compiled a list of references, take time to evaluate the range of authors or creators you cite in your research. 

Cornell has many citation tools and guides to help you!

ZoteroBib is a basic citation generator to help you create a works cited list. 

Our subject guides on citation styles are a great reference depending on the citation style you will use in your work. 

For additional help with citation format, in-text citations, and related information, Excelsior Writing Lab is an excellent online resource where you can find more information about citation. 

Further Reading

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Land Acknowledgement

Cornell University is located on the traditional homelands of the Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫ' (the Cayuga Nation). The Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫ' are members of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy, an alliance of six sovereign Nations with a historic and contemporary presence on this land. The Confederacy precedes the establishment of Cornell University, New York state, and the United States of America. We acknowledge the painful history of Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫ' dispossession, and honor the ongoing connection of Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫ' people, past and present, to these lands and waters.

This land acknowledgment has been reviewed and approved by the traditional Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫ' leadership.