Using College Databases for Research Papers

Learning to find information on a database is vital when you need to write a paper for school. There is much to say about what I have learned about the Internet in this first assignment except that now I understand more on how to navigate WWCC’s (Letter) online library resource. I’ve tried it before out of curiosity and at the time, it wasn’t what I expected. The entire site still confuses me on some points. This is unusual in my case because it’s hard to confuse me when navigating anywhere else on the web. I am grateful to this first assignment, as it is the first in the total of all my classes to involve browsing important links and resources on the WWCC’s website. The first time I came upon it in registering for school, I was lost.

The databases were very informative in learning how to use and navigate WWCC’s online library. As said before, I tried it once with no initial success. The first video ‘˜Databases 101’ was particularly helpful in knowing which resources were included and best fit. When engaging a search. I found it similar to other information websites like This is because of the available options that can help reduce search results and lessen the stress of picking what you need out. I also like the common options of print, email, PDF, html, and the citation options. The second and third videos ‘˜Wlydcat Searching 1 and 2’ were plenty helpful in locating print book resources. Many media centers (aka, libraries) have this technological assistance to everyone. What I found to be additionally helpful was the use of the symbols “#” and “?” for when you aren’t sure of the spelling as well as the words you can include in your search: “and”, “or”, and “not” for when you need more information, alternate information, or to exclude information. The radio buttons speak for themselves and are widely used across the Internet. I don’t think I will be using this particular form of resource in the future as I am no on WWCC’s physical campus in which this form of search is correlated.

In practicing what I learned in finding information on a database, I was asked to pick a topic of my choice and do a search. With what I’ve learned in using the databases, I decided to pick my usual topic that is always updating information: autism. Before I begin on what I learned regarding this subject, I want to first let you know my reasons for picking the topic. My youngest daughter was born with developmental delays that have not yet been categorized. I feel that a multitude of diagnosis plays into what may be the cause and autism is one of them. This is because I have noticed certain signs of the condition in her and that in teaching her what she needs to know, the techniques of teaching to autistic children works wonders and is the most effective.

The article that I picked out and printed is entitled Autism ‘” Part 1 by the Harvard Mental Health Letter found in the EBSCO database. There are many things that I am aware of in the regards of teaching to autism. What I found in this article amazed me and had me constantly thinking of my daughter and her undiagnosed condition. Such as that language is always seriously affected, infants shrink from touch, many autistic children never reach or may pass until a later age important speech and facial emotion mimicking stages, not maintaining eye contact, preferring repetitiousschedules, arranging objects in meaningless patterns, difficulty in understanding imagination, tend to concentrate on one subject or object, respond difficultly to change, have a fear of harmless novelties but walk into moving traffic, they echo speech and/or make meaningless sounds but can’t understand simple questions. Other factors that play into the signs of autism are that select autistic children are hyperactive, impulsive, aggressive, and destructive. I also found out that 10% of autistic children are not retarded and instead have unusual talents that are noticeable at early ages. It is believed that autism is genetic and that seemingly normal parents may have had mild symptoms themselves as children. Autism is at a rate of 65% to 90% in identical twins and close to the same in fraternal twins. I state this very important fact last because my beautiful daughter is a surviving fraternal twin. I liked what I learned about autism when it comes to the diagnosis. Knowing how to teach autistic children and understanding their physical brain functions is not as useful without this information.

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