English 155: Professor Grosskopf
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.)
example: wom?n (will find woman or women)
Note: check online help for the correct truncation symbol
Finding Background Information and Articles
You can use these databases or any others listed on the database pages; this list is only a suggestion of places to start your research. If the full-text is not available for the article you want to see, click the button or the "Find Text" link to see if the full-text is available in another database.
Popular and Scholarly Sources
- Authors are authorities in their
- Authors cite their sources in endnotes,
footnotes, or bibliographies.
- Individual issues have little or no
- Articles must go through a peer-review
or refeered process.
- Articles are usually reports on scholarly
- Illustrations usually take the form of
charts and graphs.
- Articles use jargon of the
Popular Magazines and Newspapers:
- Authors are magazine staff members or free lance writers.
- Authors often mention sources, but rarely formally cite them in
- Individual issues contain numerous advertisements.
- There is no peer-review process.
- Articles are meant to inform and entertain.
- Illustrations may be numerous and colorful.
- Language is geared to the general adult audience (no specialized
knowledge of jargon needed).
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 818-677-6808.