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Intensive English Program Courses: Basic Information

This guide will help you do research and navigate the library

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Seven Search Strategies for Databases and the Catalog

  1. AND : Use AND to look for two terms at the same time: Globalization AND Employment→will locate resources containing both terms.

  2. OR: Use OR to look for closely related terms: Gender OR Woman→will look for both, but they do not have to be present in the same resources (this broadens your search).

  3. * (SHIFT + 8): * is usually used at the end of a word that may vary: Nation*→will give you national, nationality, nationhood, and nationalism.

  4. Using quotes when looking for a phrase: "global economy" or "national identity"

  5. Before searching, make a general list of synonyms for search terms.  When one search term does not work, you can substitute another term

  6. For most databases, start with a simple search, using 2 or 3 terms.

  7. "Don't invent the wheel if someone hands you the keys to a Porshe!"→Rely on the subject headings and/or bibliography of a work to find other sources.

 

Helpful Databases

Info and Opinions

Above, I listed the databases you should begin with in searching for information on your paper.  Below, are the databases that provide you with pros and cons for your arguments and articles that take particular sides of an issue.

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