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ENG 7230 - Practical Research in English Language Arts: Finding Sources

Introduction

Use the databases listed to locate potential sources for your assignment. If you get stuck, check out the Database Search Tips

Finding Articles: Best Bets

Google Scholar

Google Scholar works even better when you have it connected to your library. Set up your library link and get results that are available through the University Libraries.

  1. Click Library Link
  2. Type Wright State in the Library Access Links search Bar
  3. Click Search 
  4. Check the box next to Wright State University-Full Text
  5. Click Save and start searching!

Boolean Operators

Use Boolean Operators as a way to narrow or broaden your search:

AND: use to combine different concepts or keywords; each result will contain all search terms

Example: race AND libraries

OR: use to connect similar concepts or keywords; each result will contain at least one of the search terms

Example: medicine OR health

NOT: use to exclude words or concepts; tells the database to ignore concepts implied by your search

Example: technology NOT database

Parentheses ( ): place around related terms to search for more than one group of keywords

Example: (teaching OR education) AND race

 Asterisk *: use at the end of a keyword to search words that start with the same letters

Example: education AND librar*

Quotation marks “ ”: place around phrases to search for words in that exact order

Example: civil rights” AND teaching

Database Search Tips


 

Study Help: Plan Your Search - University of South Australia