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Nichols: GSTR 210 (spring 2021)

How to Use this Guide

Welcome to our GSTR210 Library Guide, co-developed by Amanda Peach, Assistant Director of Library Services, and Dr. Nichols. In the links below, you’ll find sets of starting resources and books to help you begin exploring your topic. They are intended to help jumpstart the research process as we move through a condensed semester, but you will have to hunt down your own relevant sources as well; the “Accessing Books” and “Keyword Searching” sections will be relevant to these efforts. The course will help you develop the necessary research skills as we go, but use this page as a guide throughout the course.


Need more help finding resources? You can meet with a research librarian at any time by scheduling a research consultation. You will be required to have at least one research consultation for Major Assignment #2.  


Anthologies to Explore

Journals to Explore

What is an academic journal? An academic or scholarly journal is a periodical publication in which scholarship relating to a particular academic discipline is published. Academic journals serve as permanent and transparent forums for the presentation, scrutiny, and discussion of research. They are usually peer-reviewed or refereed and are typically accessed through library databases, although some are available freely (or open-source) on the internet.

Below are three specific journals recommended by your professor.

Recommended Databases

In library research, a database is where you find journal articles. Each database contains thousands of articles which you can search for simultaneously and quickly to find articles with higher relevancy than searching in individual journals. 

Here are 3 great databases to consider searching within:


African American Language and Culture

Appalachian English and Culture

More Englishes



Working-Class Students and Language

Teaching and Language Equity

Accessing Books

**********      A special note related to Covid-19:      *************
For the spring of 2020, in the interest of everyone's continued safety, we ask that students do not travel to the library's third floor to retrieve books.

If you see a book on this guide that you would like to use, we ask that you request these books by sending a list of the titles you need to the Circulation Desk at:
If you are on campus, the books will be pulled and checked out to you, for you to pick up at the Circulation Desk.
If you are off-campus, we will be glad to mail them to your home at no cost to you. 
How do you find books at Hutchins?
You can request any of the books highlighted on this guide. If you want to begin a search of your own, however, you will need to look in BANC, our online catalog. The link to it is available below: 

Keyword Searching

Unlike Google, the library's journals, databases, and book catalog cannot make sense of entire questions. When you're searching within our resources, it is recommended instead that you rely on keyword searching.
Step 1: Check out this video about developing keywords from our friends at the University of Houston
Step 2: Check out this video about searching with keywords from our friends at the University of Houston
Step 3: Practice generating keywords for your topic by considering synonyms and related terms.

Keep in mind that there are many different ways to talk about an issue and that terms can grow outdated.

See this example:

Original keyword: Alternate keyword # 1 Alternate keyword # 2 Alternate keyword # 3 Alternate keyword # 4

African-American Vernacular

AAVE (an acronym
for the original term)
Black English  Black Vernacular Ebonics (an outdated
and controversial term)
To be sure to find the most resources on your topic, it is worth repeating the search using synonyms.
Each word, even though related to your topic, will produce different results.