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English & Communication at UCBA

A starting point for your research in all areas of english and communication.

Library Pre-Work

Please complete the pre-work noted in Steps 1-2 so you're ready to go for the library instruction class!    

Questions? Contact Lauren Wahman, UCBA Librarian, at

Step 1: Watch Mapping Research Ideas Tutorial + Create Concept Map

This short video walks you through mapping an idea into a research topic.  You'll find a concept map template (Microsoft Word) that you can easily download or create your own map.  The goal of a concept map is to help you visually organize ideas about the topic.

Reminder: Bring your completed concept map to the library instruction class.

Step 2: Watch Academic Search Complete Tutorial

This short video introduces Academic Search Complete, a UC Libraries database.  

Reminder: Write down questions you have about this database and bring those to the library instruction class.

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