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English 155: Professor Anderson
Library Research Handout

Narrow or Broaden Your Search (Boolean Searching)

Use AND between terms to narrow your search

example: television and violence and children

Use OR and/or truncate (*, ?) words to broaden your search

example: children or youth or adolescents
example: child* (will find child, children, etc.)
(check online help for correct truncation symbol)

Paraphrasing and Quoting

Quote from a source:

  • to show that an authority supports your point.
  • to present a position or argument to analyze.

Paraphrase your source when:

  • You can express the key point in fewer words than the source.
  • You want the idea expressed in the source, and not the specific language.

For more information on how to properly paraphrase and quote, see the University of Wisconsin-Madison's guide to Quoting and Paraphrasing Sources (

Helpful Links

Contact information

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