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21W.013: Writing & Rhetoric: Introduction to Contemporary Rhetoric: Home

Class research guide for Louise Harrison-Lepera's 21W.013 class.

Class Activity

On October 11, 2017, Regina Barzilay won the MacArthur Fellowship (aka "genius" grant) for her work on the development of natural language processing and machine learning. Based on the article reporting the news in MIT News or the webpage about Barzilay on the MacArthur Foundation website, answer the following questions:

  1. If you wanted to track down related research articles to Barzilay's research, including articles she has published, what clues can you find?

  2. Enter any clue you might use as a search term here:

  3. Can you locate some of these related research articles, using either tools on this website or other search engines?


Tracing Scientific Research in the News

When mainstream news organizations or popular publications report on scientific research, there are a number of ways you could find more information about the science:

  • Web of Science ( use this tool or another article database to track down the original citation (if the article mentions the title of the research article). Alternatively, you could do an author search to see what they've written.





  • What else?

Manage Your References

Any of the these tools listed below can help you organize and cite your references. The Overview at the top of the list explains the strengths and weaknesses for each.


LibX is a browser add-on you can download for Firefox and Google Chrome. LibX will give you easier access to MIT resources from anywhere. Check this guide for more information, including short videos on how it works.

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