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WRT 200/205/208/220

A guide to support research assignments in 200-level writing classes.

Library Search

Library Search is a tool that will bring back many types of resources on just about any topic.  That makes it a great starting point for most research topics.

Search Tips:

  • Put phrases into quotation marks, like "bipolar disorder" or "no child left behind"
  • Try synonyms to bring back different results.  "bipolar disorder" teens will bring back different sources than "bipolar disorder" adolescents.
  • Use "Date" near the top of the left-hand column to limit your results to items from the last 5 or 10 years.
  • Use "Source Type" in the middle of the left-hand column to limit your results to books, newspaper articles, etc.
  • Use "Scholarly/Peer-reviewed Journals" at the top of the left-hand column to make sure you are getting scholarly journal articles.

TUTORIAL: Using Library Search

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