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Creative Scriptwriting: MSP 4796

Research help for finding, evaluating, using source material to inform, enhance, and develop aspects of your creative writing, such as people, places and things.

Research Help for Creative Scriptwriting

This guide will help you with your research assignments for the course Creative Scriptwriting. Use the adjacent buttons to help you find sources which can help you flesh out details related to characters and scenes/settings. If you need help, contact the librarian.

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Get Background Info

Individual looking up informationNeed to look up a name, place, term, or event?  The sources below contain many different kinds of encyclopedias and dictionaries and are excellent starting points for getting an overview on your topic as well as possible search terms to use later. Try them.

Understand the Assignment

checklist Before choosing a topic, make sure you understand your assignment. Read your assignment and look for:

  • Due Date
  • Length of the assignment
  • Number and type(s) of outside sources
  • Topic guidance
  • Points your instructor wants you to cover

Make sure you understand your assignment’s purpose. Are you supposed to take a side in an existing argument, explain a problem, propose a position, describe a project or process, or do something else?

If you find that you cannot describe what your assignment is about to someone else, either read it again or ask your instructor for clarification.

Is it Okay to Use Wikipedia?

"Wikipedia? It's a great place to start, and a horrible place to end, at least that's what my professor says."

PIL Progress Report 2/09

Wikipedia can be a great place to begin finding information on a topic, trend, or issue. You'll need to find additional sources, but Wikipedia articles may help you learn more about your topic. Use the citation list at the bottom of Wikipedia entry pages to lead you to more sources.