Think of us as your research partners...We can assist you with finding articles, developing a research topic, citing sources... you name it! Visit our homepage to learn more.
If you ever want to meet with us for specialized research assistance, you can schedule a research appointment.
JWU librarians are available for research appointments in-person, over the phone, and online. We would be more than happy to help you!
Which library databases should you use?
How to Start a Search:
Step 1: Think about your research topic/question
Step 2: Extract the main keywords/concepts
Step 3: Input each of the words into the search lines. Click 'Search'!
Bonus Step: Select search limiters (left side of screen)
Your search page will look similar to this! ....
Whether you're just getting started or need final editing advice, writing tutors are kind and trained to help you at any stage of the writing process. Visit the Academic Success Center website for more information.
Top Tips for Working with the Academic Success Center:
For 24/7 free online revision feedback, submit your paper to Smarthinking. Look for the link in jwuLink, under the Academics tab, under Academic Support Services.
First-Year Reads Program: “This, I Believe” Contest 2022
As you know, all first-year students are reading pieces from the National Public Radio’s famous “This, I Believe” series. These writings have inspired people across the world to share their stories and perspectives. In ENG1020 (or ENG1024), you will take part in this, as a way to share a common academic experience with your first-year classmates.
Your ENG1020 (or ENG1024) professor will also be including an assignment that will allow you to write your own “This, I Believe” piece. If you would like to enter the university-wide contest, please let your professor know, so your piece may be considered. There will be three winners chosen, and these essays will be highlighted during the JWU Homecoming & Family Weekend and shared with the JWU community in a variety ways.
The essay should be approximately 500 words, following the spirit and general format of the “This, I Believe” series. This year, our contest’s theme is “Food, Culture and Connectedness.” We hope that the contest essays will use food as a vehicle to tell a culturally specific stories and to elevate marginalized voices. Consider how food has played a part in shaping your identity, your family, and/or your community. While food serves as basic sustenance, it can also provide a platform for personal exploration and societal change.
As with any essay, you will want to state your thesis clearly, which, in this case will be your “belief.” You will want to support your essay with clear points that express your views and offer specific examples and observations from your life.
The essay should be double-spaced in MLA format.
Essays must be submitted (in digital form) to your ENG1020 (or ENG1024) professor no later than 9/20. A committee of English faculty will read the essays, and winners will be announced by late September.
Here is a link with more examples and some writing suggestions: https://thisibelieve.org/
Be brave. Your words are more powerful than you know.