English 155: Hot topics -- Resources and Searching Tips

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Research process

Research process: assignment, develop topic, words to search by, types of resources, find and evaluate, write and cite

Reference Resources

Opposing viewpoints
Location: various
Roth, John K. Encyclopedia of social issues
Location: Reference Room HN57 .E59 1997 6 v.

Find Books: Check the Library Catalog

Library Catalog
Search for the Library's book and journal titles
Using the Library catalog

Links to other library catalogs
World Cat, Melvyl and more!

How call numbers work:

Reading call numbers

Types of periodicals: scholarly journals, magazines and newspapers

Find Articles: Newpapers (Full Text)

LexisNexis Academic
A wide variety of information including: articles from Newspapers, journals, law reviews, case law and more
Proquest Newspapers
Provides full text of 300+ major U.S. and international newspapers, including the Los Angeles Times, New York Times, the Times (London), and the Daily News .
News and Current Events
Multisearch -- searching multiple databases simultaneously
Tip: Recent issues of the Los Angeles Times and the Daily News newspapers are available online. Lexis-Nexis Academic carries the current 6 months of the Los Angeles Times as well as other California newspapers. Proquest Newpapers carries a much longer backfile for the Los Angeles Times, 1885-.

Find Articles: Journal and Magazine Articles (Full Text)

AcademicSearch Elite (EbscoHost)
Full-text and citations from journals and magazines, may limit to only search full-text, within a specific date range and peer reviewed journals
CQ researcher
Location: REFRM H35 .C67 and online
Opposing Viewpoints
Full-text database of selected newspapers, magazines and journals of the ethnic, minority and native press in the United States. Alternative to mainstream media so gives a different perspective
General OneFile
Includes Expanded Academic. Full-text and citations from journals and magazines, may limit to only search full-text, within a specific date range and refereed journals

Web resources

Use Google Advanced Search
Limit by domain type .gov or .edu
U.S. Government's Official Web Portal for government documents
Society's Issues
Web page developed by Mary Finley
Evaluating Web Sties

The domain name is a key:





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Writing Guides

Bibliography and Style Guides
Location: Online
MLA handbook.
Location: REF LB2369 .G53 2002
Writing research papers : a complete guide / James D. Lester, James Lester, Jr.
Reserve Room: LB2369 .L4 2002

Searching Tips

  1. Think of different ways to express the same idea:
    Violence Media Children
    Crime Television, TV
    Child, Adolescents, Youth
    Children, Adolescents, Youth Motion Pictures, Film, Cinema Elementary, High Schoo
    war video games Kids, Teenagers
  2. Put your words together to search
  3. Boolean "and" puts terms together, both concepts must be in the records retrieved (limits) Boolean searching using  And
  4. Boolean "or" allows you to search closely related terms -- either can be in the records retrieved Boolean searching using "OR"
  5. Truncation: Symbol used at the end of a word to retrieve variant endings of that word.
    • Allows you to search the "root" form of a word with all its different endings.
    • Broadens or increases search results. Truncation = OR
    • Example: teen* retrieves teen OR teens OR teenager OR teenagers
    • However: vio* retrieves violence, violent, but also violets, violin, etc.
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