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English 100: Writing and Language - Ehrhardt

Getting Started

                                           

With links to a variety of resources just for your discipline, this guide is a great place to start your research!  Remember that these are only some of the sources that may be useful to you.  Please contact me for help with any of your research at cohenjp@etown.edu, x1453 or e-mail AskUs.

High Library QuickSearch

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QuickSearch is a discovery tool that retrieves books, articles, media and more found in the High Library Catalog, databases, and digital collections. Use the facets on the left side of the results screen to narrow your search by publication type, language, date, topic and more.

Class Assignment

For in-class portion of your library instruction assignment, you will be assigned to find a recent (2012-present) newspaper or magazine article. Post a link to the article here, and be prepared to answer the following questions.

 

  • How did you find this resource (what database, search engine, catalog, etc., and what keywords did you use)?

  • How do you know that this is a reliable, quality resource?

  • Is a regular news article or an editorial?

Tips for Effective Searching

Be persistent in your searching.

Try both keyword and subject searching

Narrow a search by using subject headings. Locate subject headings by looking at the descriptors associated with pertinent articles and books.

Try these tips to narrow your search.

Try synonyms (AIDS or Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome). Can't think of any synonyms? Try an online thesaurus. Try these tips to expand your search

Try both singular and plural forms of words (use a "+" sign in SocSciAbs to search both singular and plurals e.g. religion+). Use an "*" in Academic Search Premier to get a variety of word endings.

If searching a compound word, try it as one word and as two words (e.g. rain forest or rainforest) to see which retrieves the most useful results.

If searching a term with an internal dash, search the term in each database with and without the internal dash (e.g. x-ray vs. x ray) to see which retrieves the most useful results.