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ENG 112 Hardin

Current issues research guide for Instructor Hardin's ENG 112 course.
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  • Citing Sources

    Your instructor has selected the MLA format for citing your sources.  Most articles from CFCC Library databases will include citation help screens where you can copy the MLA citation for that article and paste it into your work.  Always check for accuracy.

    Need citation help for books, movies, websites or less common resources such as personal interviews? Visit our citation guide:

    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.

    Advanced Search (Encore)
    Keyword ? or Subject Heading ?

    The Keyword you choose to search may or may not be a Library of Congress Subject Heading.

    For example:

    • Search GLOBALISM as a Subject Heading -- zero resources found.
    • Search GLOBALISM as a Keyword -- 12 resources found.
    • Check the Subject Headings on one of those 12 resources and choose the official Library of Congress Subject Heading:

    United States -- Foreign economic relations -- more than 40 relevant resources found.

    Want more help with the Library of Congress Classification System?

    CFCC Library of Congress PDF

    Library of Congress Classification Details

    (Encore) What's There . . . What's Not

    College libraries differ somewhat in what is included in their library catalog.

    Use the CFCC "catalog" tab to find:

    • Books (print ones on the shelves and ebooks to read on your computer screen)
    • Videos (physical on DVD & eVideos to download or view)
    • Audiobooks

    Use the CFCC "articles" tab to find:

    • Journal, magazine & newspaper articles

    Look elsewhere for:

    • Web pages
    • Interview opportunities

    Help at the CFCC Reference Desk

    Downtown CFCC Library

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    Call - 910-362-7034

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    • Suggesting specific CFCC reference books—as well as any special searching strategies for their indexes—which might contain answers to a particular question
    • Teaching use of the catalog, including its advanced features, or recommending alternative search terms—especially Library of Congress subject headings
    • Compiling a list of books on a particular subject or by a particular author
    • Taking the user directly to the shelves for browsing, or finding an item that isn’t where it’s supposed to be
    • Helping with selection of the best CFCC subscription databases for a particular project or paper and access tips from on or off-campus
    • Placing an item “request,” which prevents the current borrower from renewing the item and notifies the next borrower as soon as the item is returned
    • Requesting an interlibrary loan of books or journal articles from other cooperating libraries anywhere in the world
    • Recommending reliable web sites and giving advice about evaluating the reliability of the information on the open Internet

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