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Short Writing #2 (SW-2): Research Action Plan
Due Monday of Week 3
10 points
Once you have completed Library 101Links to an external site., visit the DU Libraries Website: library.du.eduLinks to an external site.. Brainstorm some keywords and use the website to locate the following items for one of the two topic ideas due Wednesday.

two e-books you plan to examine for relevance
10 different keyword combinations you will use for searches
two databases* that you will use to find topics (e.g., Lexis-Nexis, Academic Search Complete)
two journals* you will search for material on your subject (e.g., Diabetes, Clinical Nutrition)

Before completing your action plan, be sure you know the difference (Links to an external site.) between a database (Links to an external site.), journal (Links to an external site.), and article. The video below provides an explanation of these differences; note that our library search tool is called Compass (not Omni).
3:30 minutes
Sample Research Action Plan: Genetically Modified Foods
e-Book titles:

Genetically Modified Food: A Short Guide for the Confused
High Tech Harvest: Understanding Genetically Modified Food Plants

Keyword Search Combos:

Genetically modified foods
Hybrid foods
Food and science
Nutrition and GM Foods
Research and agriculture
Agriculture and science
Research and food
Nutrition and GM foods
Nutrition and hybrid foods
Nutrition and new agriculture


LexisNexis Academic
National Academies Press


Action Bioscience
Crop Science

*Remember here that you’re providing the journal title, NOT the article title. Journal titles are short and broad (e.g., The American Journal of Cardiology); article titles are usually long and specific (e.g., “Relation of Living in a ‘Food Desert’ to Recurrent Hospitalizations in Patients With Heart Failure”).]

Some needed links