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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 5, Jean-Pierre Sauvage, J. Fraser Stoddart, and Bernard L. Feringa won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for their work on the development of nanomachines. Based on the article reporting the news in The New York Times or the press release from the Noble Committee, answer the following questions:

  1. If you wanted to track down the specific research articles the Nobel Committee cited in awarding them the prize, what clues can you find?

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

  3. Can you locate any of these 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:

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.


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