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WRT 205: Research Tips and Resources (McCrary)

Guide for Robin McCrary's WRT 205 classes, Writing and Science, Spring 2020

General Full Text Resources

Along with SUMMON, which helps you to locate full text articles (among many other things), you may want to choose another general/interdisciplinary database (such as EBSCO) when searching for both popular and scholarly articles, or a primary scholarly communications database for media studies and journalism (such as Communication Source):


Topical Full Text Resources

The resources on the lists below will bring you to more specific, and often scholarly, sources that address your inquiry. You'll also find access to datasets, multimedia, and other types of content among these resources. If you have questions or need help using any of these databases at any time, get in touch with a librarian. Excellent choices are available here, but far more options than any one WRT 205 student will need.


Medicine & Health Literature:

Nursing and allied health journals and publications. Material contained in this database is intended for informational purposes only.

Cumulative Index of Nursing and Allied Health Literature (CINAHL) covering literature on allied health, alternative and complementary medicine, consumer health, nursing and more.
From the National Library of Medicine, this freely available resource provides authoritative health information geared to both health professionals and consumers. It includes extensive information on more than 650 diseases and conditions, as well as lists of hospitals and physicians, a medical dictionary, a medical encyclopedia, information on prescription and nonprescription drugs, and links to thousands of clinical trials.

PubMed, a service of the National Library of Medicine, provides access to over 11 million MEDLINE citations back to the mid-1960's and additional life science journals.


Scientific Literature:

General Science Full Text, designed for students and non-specialists, is easy to use and the first place to look for answers to science-related questions.
Full-text scientific database offering journal articles and book chapters in scientific, technical and medical fields. Contains interactive elements in articles such as audio, video, graphs, tables and images, and offers tools so users can keep current with research trends. Features embedded links to external datasets, and chemical reactions data from Reaxys.
Peer-reviewed journal of scientific work published in video format, allowing for visual demonstration of techniques and procedures.
A unique aggregation of high-impact bioscience research journals, featuring content on a wide-array of today's most pressing topics, including global warming, stem cell research, ecological and biodiversity conservation.

Engineering Village allows you to search Inspec and Compendex simultaneously or alone. Inspec covers the fields of physics, electronics, computing, control engineering and information technology. It includes journal articles, conference proceedings, patents, and dissertations from 1898 to present.

Collection of information needed to understand the Nation's water resources, and access to water data, publications, and maps, as well as to recent water projects and events.
Government reports, transcripts, and bills from the US Department of Agriculture.
Gateway to numerous authoritative scientific databases and websites provided by U.S. Government agencies, including the Department of Energy (DOE), Department of Defense (DOD), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).


Interdisciplinary Databases:

ACM Digital Library
Full text articles, ebooks, abstracts, and reviews published in ACM (Association for Computing Machinery) periodicals and proceedings.

Multidisciplinary; draws on the connections between agriculture, industry, the environment and a variety of disciplines.

Worldwide literature citations pertaining to all aspects of agriculture and related fields. Includes journal articles, monographs, proceedings, theses, patents, translations, audiovisual materials, computer software, and technical reports.

Business Source Elite
Business, management, and industry publications, many of which deal with agriculture, sustainability, and green trends in business.

Mass Media/Popular Sources/News & Newspaper Sources:

Access more than 15,000 news, business and legal sources from LexisNexis—including U.S. Supreme Court decisions dating back to 1790, together with extensive current and historical U.S. state and federal statutes, published court decisions and regulations. Registering for a free ID and password within the interface is recommended for those looking to take advantage of personalization features such as alerts, saved searches and a collaborative workspace with shared folders and annotated documents.

Alt-Press Watch
Full text of selected newspapers, magazines, and journals of the alternative and independent press.

Index to evening news and some special reports from major U.S. national broadcast networks from 1968 to present for ABC, CBS and NBC, 1995 to present for CNN, and 2004 to present for FoxNews. NBC and CNN allow video streaming online. Advertising that ran adjacent to reports is often available (e.g., search “commercial” and a brand name).

Non-English language/Non-United States televised news, and some non news entertainment programming.  Streamed in real time, as well an an archive of older broadcasts for dozens of countries.  Live streaming schedule uses U.S. Central time zone (when looking at SCOLA's World TV Online schedules, subtract one hour from local Syracuse NY time).
Opinion Journalism:

The Nation
Progressive/liberal opinion magazine, online coverage is 1865 thru present - and includes letters to the editor.

National Review
Conservative opinion magazine, online coverage is 1955 thru present -  and includes letters to the editor.


Digital Journalism (new access at SU available as of Spring 2020!)