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ENG 101/ENG107: General Research Papers, Persuasive Writing & Annotated Bibliographies

This guide will direct you to the best library resources for developing a topic, researching a topic, locating argumentative sources and understanding the difference between scholarly and popular sources.

Database Search Tips

Boolean Logic

For better search results, try Boolean Operators!

AND connects terms and narrows the search
OR  expands the search (finds either term)
NOT use to exclude terms


For example:

  • bullying AND adolescents
  • textiles AND China
  • fashion OR couture
  • body image OR self esteem AND psychology
  • zombies NOT films OR "motion pictures"


Quotes

When searching on phrases or titles, use quotes!

For example:

"Wuthering Heights"

"to be or not to be"

Truncation

To look for variations of a root word, try truncation!

For example:

teach* will search for teach, teacher, teaching, etc.

 

Boolean Operators Explained

Search Strategies