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College Writing & Research - English 1005 - Caroline Ledeboer: Background

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Database Power Searching

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    • Use Advanced Search

  • Too many results:
    • Limit your search to Title/Subject/Abstract

  • Get the phrase:
    • Use Quotes
    • (Example: "tea party")

  • Get specific:
    • Use AND
    • (Example: political AND parties AND California)

  • Broaden results:
    • Use OR
    • (Example: financing OR funding)

  • Get variations of words:
    • Use an ASTERISK (*)
    • financ* gets all variations of the word such as: finance, financial, financing, etc.

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Find Government Publications Online

Government Publications:

  • Use Google command: site:.gov
  • Example: "climate change" and site:.gov

 

     
Customized Google Search:

  • Google: Republican Party
    • Note root of URL: gop.com
  • Google example: taxes and site:.gop.com
  • More focused Google example: intitle:taxes and site:.gop.com