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ENGL 100 Vasquez: Welcome

Course guide for ENGL 100

Librarians offer research help online

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Although the campus is closed, librarians are available online the same hours as before:

• Mondays-Thursdays, 8 a.m.-9 p.m.

• Fridays, 8 a.m.-3 p.m.

• Saturdays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Databases

The library offers dozens of databases, but we will focus on four:

  • Academic Search Complete and JSTOR, good overall database for articles in academic journals
  • Opposing Viewpoints, great for editorials and opinions
  • Statista, where you can create infographics to illustrate your topic.

Useful keywords for your database searches might be:

  • poverty AND childhood AND India

Shorten words to their base to net more results; i.e., instead of searching for "childhood," try child*. Placing an asterisk at the end of a word will retrieve results that include variations like children, children's or childhood,

Tricks for Searching

Once you have identified some good keywords, you can combine those keywords in different ways:

AND

Moroccan
AND
recipe

Results (red) that contain both Moroccan AND

AND narrows a search, producing fewer but more relevant results.

 

OR

vegetarian
OR
vegan

Results (red) that contain either vegetarian OR vegan or both.

OR broadens a search, resulting in more hits.

 

NOT

Venus
NOT
planet

Results (red) that contain Venus but NOT planet.

 

 

Another good search trick is truncating by using the symbol *Truncating a term such as education allows you to search for a range of word endings within one search:

Educat*  -->searches for --> educatION   educatIONAL    educatOR    educatE

Keywords vs. Subject terms

keyword search will retrieve articles that have that keyword anywhere in the text. For example, using the keyword "climate change" you might find an article about Giant Squids that mentions climate change once on the last page. Keywords help you do a broader search, but keyword searches also give you results that may not be relevant to your topic.

A subject search finds articles on that subject. For example, using the subject term "climate change" will give you articles about climate change. It can be hard to figure out the right subject term, but once you find it it will always take you to results that are about your topic.

Works Cited Page

A Works Cited page shows your instructor which publications you used in your research.

  • The page is titled "Works Cited", which is centered at the top of the page.
  • The entire page, like the rest of your paper in MLA citation format, is in New York Times Roman font and 11-point type.
  • Citations are alphabetized by author.
  • Citations appear in a Hanging Indent, the reverse of what we usually see in publications where the first line is indented.

To create a Hanging Indent in Word or Google Drive, click on the small arrow in the lower right-hand corner of the Paragraph section. From there, choose Indentation in the middle of the dialog box. Choose Hanging from the drop-down menu under Special, as illustrated below:

Paragraph > Indentation > Special > Hanging