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English 363 - Short Story Research (McGuire/Neu): Database Resources

So, what are we researching?

Example: I’m writing a story about getting lost in the desert.


1. Make a list of topics that must be researched in order to write an authentic story.

  • plants/animals that live in deserts

  • temperature and weather conditions

  • dehydration


2.  For each topic, generate questions to answer.

  • What does it feel like when a scorpion stings you?

  • What edible plants grow in the Arizona desert?

  • How hot does it get during the day in Yuma, Arizona? At night?

  • What are the symptoms of dehydration?


3. Pull out keywords to search.


"edible plants" AND desert


4. Choose a database from below.

Health and Science

History, Geography and Current Events

GBS students have unlimited access to articles from the New York Times newspaper. Click here for instructions. 

Sports and Leisure

Arts and Culture

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