Popular resources contain articles from magazines and newspapers that can be found at local bookstores, grocery stores or newsstands. These resources have glossy pages with bright colors and images. They feature many advertisers. Trendy issues and opinions, not serious research, tend to make up the bulk of these publications (56).
Upson, Matt, et al. Information Now: A Graphic Guide to Student Research. U of Chicago P, 2015
Choose simple but clear keywords and connect them with boolean language (AND, OR, NOT)
|AND||Searches for places where both keywords appear together|
|OR||Searches for either of the keywords. They might be together or they might not.|
|NOT||Searches for places where the first keyword appears without the second.|
When you perform a database search, often you will be given a lot of results -more than you could ever go through. When this happens, it's important to tell the database exactly what kind of resources your looking for by applying filters.
Filters (sometimes called limiters) help take away search results you don't want. You can filter by type and date.
Type - Each of these filters helps to make sure that the kinds of results your search gives you are appropriate for research.
Date - These filters limit your results according to when they were published.
"Criticism" is an important part of finding EXAMPLE and even ARGUMENT resources. Critics not only describe the work, but attempt to evaluate it for historical/cultural significance. As a result, critical articles tend to be more specific and detailed.
Sometimes locating examples of an author's work helps in the understanding of the author. Search the library for access to the author's work such as their poetry, short story(s), or novel(s). In addition to our books and catalog, the following databases are useful in locating these sources.