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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 (http://www.wisc.edu/writing/Handbook/QuotingSources.html).

Helpful Links

Contact information

If you have questions as you do research for your project in this class, go to Ask-A- Librarian (http://library.csun.edu/Research_Assistance/askus.html), or contact me directly at danielle.skaggs@csun.edu or 818-677-6808.

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