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First Year Writing: Legacy of the Mediterranean II: Leaving Home

This guide provides resources to support First Year Writing.


Welcome! This page highlights key resources for the Legacy of the Mediterranean II: Leaving home research project, including the following:

If you would like assistance identifying additional resources, search terms or strategies, please schedule a research consultation with your personal librarian.

Professor: Ben Breyer
Librarian: Jennie Correia

Image: Campaign logo of the International Refugee Day, via Wikimedia Commons

Steps in the Library Research Process

  • Think of a topic or question that you're really curious about, that really compels you. 
  • Write down some keywords and phrases that come to mind. You can use these to search. Be open to the possibility of new keywords, and try out different combinations!
  • Explore backgrounds and contexts. Reference sources can help you with concepts and terms, and they can also lead you to other relevant sources.
  • Search for books and articles on your topic. Carefully skim each source---including the synopsis, abstract, table of contents, and/or index--- to assess how relevant and useful it will be to you.  Put back books or articles that aren't useful.
  • Document and cite your sources as you go along - this will make the paper-writing process much easier!