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Advanced Writing in the Disciplines (AWD) : Home

A guide to online and print resources for Advanced Writing in the Disciplines

Library workshops

Instructors who would like a library workshop for your students, please make a request here.

Questions? Contact Christine Oka.

One-on-one support

Librarians can:

  • Help you find and evaluate sources for your project
  • Help you brainstorm research strategies
  • Help you set up a citation manager
  • Help you access print and online materials

You can Ask a Librarian now by email or chat.  You can also contact your subject librarian for support by email or appointment.

SAGE Research Methods Timeline

SAGE Research Methods  Project Planner

Stages of the research process from SAGE Research Methods

Dissemination could also include--with peer-review acceptance and your permission-- publication in the journal, NU Writing

SAGE Research Methods Help page

The Writing Center

The Writing Center
The Northeastern University Writing Center is open to any member of the NU community and exists to help any level writer, from any academic discipline, become a better writer.The Writing Center offers online appointments.  Book an appointment here!

AWD Experiential Learning

More than writing a research paper, the AWD courses are based in experiential learning.

Once you have gone through the research process by searching for information, evaluating it, and writing for a specific audience, you can apply these skills in other projects, such as  Co-op to Career

  Meet our Research and Writing Team

Subject Librarians Edit/Delete Quick Stats
Subject Librarians work in several Library departments. They assist individuals and small groups with research projects.

Digital Media Commons Edit/Delete Quick Stats
DMC is a collection of collaborative work and teaching spaces, with expert help in using the digital and 3-D resources.

Archives and Special Collections Edit/Delete Quick Stats
Archives staff members work with primary source materials in both print and digital form.

The Writing Center
The Northeastern University Writing Center is open to any member of the NU community and exists to help any level writer, from any academic discipline, become a better writer.The Writing Center offers face-to-face appointments at 412 Holmes Hall, same-day appointments at 136 Snell library (behind the Argo Tea), and online appointments.  Book an appointment here!

ITS (Information Technology Services) training includes practicing public speaking, as well as software workshops. You will need to login in to your MyNEU account in order to browse the schedule and register.

Welcome AWD Students!

Getting Started

1. Use Scholar OneSearch, the Northeastern Library system to search and find journal articles, library books and other print material, ebooks, videos, datasets, and more. Better than Google, as a search will identify scholarly, peer-reviewed journal articles.

screenshot of Scholar OneSearch result with peer-reviewed journal articles highlighted as well as appropriate database for this search

Visit our tutorials page for how to get the most from Scholar OneSearch.


2. Find your subject guide to explore your research topic in depth.  Subject guides are developed by Northeastern's library staff to help you identify:

  • Library databases specific to your major, subject or discipline
  • Your subject librarian, whom you may contact for research support by email or by appointment.
  • Recommended websites for research in your subject
  • Advice and tips on assignments or requirements in your subject

3. Consult our research tutorials (on video or PDF) for commonly-asked questions about the research process, and for help in making the most of  library resources and services. 

Still not sure of a topic? One suggestion: look at Global Issues in Context for ideas. After logging in with your Northeastern credentials and authenticating with DUO,  scroll down the welcome screen to 
link to Browse All 672 issues in Global Issues in Context database


 4. Check SAGE Research Methods during the semester.You will need to login and use DUO authentivcation to access this collection which includes definition of research terms, advice under Project Planner links and videos. Search results also bring up the Research MethodsTime Line.

See box to the left for SAGE Research Methods Timeliine, or Research Stages--are you "on track"?


5. What's the difference between a Research Topic and a Research Question?
Your research topic may be COVID-19 and African Americans.
 Search for information about these two topics for your literature review. Based on what you learn, develop the research question--What about COVID-19 and African Americans?

Research question:
What are the cardiovascular effects of COVID-19 on African-American women, who often face adverse health and economic disparities?  (This is an actual research project funded by the American Heart Association)