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ENG 112 Hardin

Current issues research guide for Instructor Hardin's ENG 112 course.
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  • Search Tips

    CREATE PHRASE SEARCHES

    If your career name is more than one word--social worker, dental hygienist, computer programmer--put quotation marks around the words to create a "phrase search."

    USE TRUNCATION

    Put an asterisk after the main part of a word to include alternatives--child* will find the words children, children's and childhood, etc.

    CHOOSE THE BEST "CONTENT TYPE"

    "Journal Articles" and "Trade Publication Articles" are sources that people already working in the field are reading. "Newspapers," "Magazines" or "Transcripts" from video or radio are sources aimed at the general public.

    LIMIT to RECENT PUBLICATION DATES

    Use date presets, calendars, or sliding bars to choose only current articles.

    More Tips for Better Searching

    • Keep your initial search simple—single words or short phrases.  In database, set the limit for “Full Text” right away, but save other limits (such as date ranges, peer-reviewed, etc.) until you see the results list.

     

    • Look for common database tools (suggested subject headings, abstracts, citation help, emailing and save options) on the edges of the page, often in a color bar above the search boxes or in a separate frame on the right or left of your results list.

    Truncation allows you to search variables of a word by typing part of the word plus an asterisk *

    ADOPT finds just adopt, but ADOPT* finds adopted, adopting, adoptions, etc.

    WOMAN finds just woman, but WOM*N finds woman and women.

     

    Enclose your words in quotation marks to create a phrase search.

    CHILDREN OF MEN finds titles with any combination of those common words.

    "CHILDREN OF MEN" finds the book and movie with that exact title.

     

    Look for  proximity search options.

    Many CFCC databases offer proximity searching by typing multiple search terms within a single search box (with no quotation marks).

    Google also uses a variation of proximity searching, giving more relevance to words typed in a single search box if they appear near each other in the results.

    Use the right  Boolean operator.

    • Use the right Boolean operator--usually AND--to link two search terms.  Using OR often results in a large number of unrelated (and less useful) results.  Using AND assures that both of your search terms will appear in the same document.

     

    Want more information about Boolean searching?

    Boolean Tutorial - Beginner

    Boolean Tutorial - Advanced

    Truncation, Wildcard, and Phrase Searching Video

    This short video (~1min) will teach you some search strategies to help you get the best results.

    Journals, Magazines . . . What's the Difference?

    Telling a magazine from a journal isn't always simple. When your instructor has specified use of a journal resource, review or print this two-page guide to help you choose.

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