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CNW:2850:0001 Writing at the End of the World (Art and Craft of Writing about Politics) - Claymore, Fall 2021: Home

Resources to support the research and writing within Gabriela Claymore's Writing at the End of the World, Fall 2021

Search Terms

Searching a library catalog or database does not always follow the same method as Google or other search engines. You will get the best results on InfoHawk+ if you search using subject headings from the Library of Congress.

But how do you find them? Scrolling down in an item's record in InfoHawk+ will typically show the subject headings used and can provide search clues. Some useful subject headings for CNW:2850 are listed below. 

The Perch

In the mood to browse? Check out The Perch and its online guide. The Perch is home to the most recent issues of literary journals and magazines of news, commentary, and opinion. Many of the publications referenced in this guide can be found there on the first floor of Main Library, across from the new books section.

Finding Books on WorldCat

WorldCat (or world catalog) searches the holdings of libraries all around the world. If InfoHawk+ doesn't have what you are looking for, try WorldCat - it contains over 2 billion records for items! And many of those items are available for you to borrow through Interlibrary Loan.

Use the "Libraries worldwide that own item" link to see which libraries have the items you want. You can then "Request item" from the link on WorldCat. Not everything that you see on WorldCat can be borrowed, but it's worth checking into!

Search for an item in libraries near you: >>

Research tips

The resources listed in this guide will help you find information to inspire your writing for CNW:2850. Resources range from popular interest magazines to scientific databases and organizations.

Each database will have tips and hints on how to use it. Don't be afraid of tutorials and help buttons!

If you have questions or problems, contact your librarian!

Can't I just Google it?

Google is a familiar tool but there are other options that will make collegiate-level research much easier (and professor-approved!). This infographic charts the pros and cons of Google, Google Scholar, and library databases. Each one is useful in its own way. This course guide will help make you more comfortable with doing non-Google research.

Infographic of Google, Google Scholar, and databases

Created by McMaster University Library. Used under Creative Commons license. Original found at

Reverse Engineering Research

Using "Los Angeles Notebook" by Joan Didion as our sample, can we recreate ways to research the Santa Ana winds? What prompted her? What questions did she ask? What is left out in order to tell the story?


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