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Sample paper (Hacker Handbooks)
Social issues: define and understand your terms;
build short list of synonyms to help improve your chances of finding useful results when searching the library catalog.
For books containing anecdotes, use subject keywords 'personal narratives'
For books containing Statistics, use subject keyword 'statistics'
Notice special link to Search e-books from off-campus
Use as few, carefully selected (and correctly spelled), words as possible, particularly in the library catalog.
Use the connector ‘AND” to combine search terms while searching the catalog.
Truncation symbols: Catalog uses $, databases use *, Google uses nothing.
Where to begin?
Gale Virtual Reference Library An encyclopedic collection of articles to help you define terms and understand concepts.
Opposing Viewpoints in Context This is what you would use to gather pro/con essays on current topics. It also links to newspaper and scholarly journal articles, although not nearly as comprehensive as the EBSCO databases. You can find many magazine articles, though.
CQ Researcher This is a good database for a deep introduction to a topic. 25-30 pages long, each weekly issue covers a single topic in the news.
For authoritative journal articles, we suggest that you use
It's better to search it once you've identified and narrowed your topic and defined your topic statement. Otherwise, your results might be too broad and diffuse.
Recommendation: start with Subjects (headings search) first within EBSCO collection, See all the database options and select a few that pertain to your topic of research.
NOTE: Each EBSCO database may have its own list of subject terms. Search each separately.
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