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ENG 100 C. Montague-Barrett: Starting Out Doing Research

Start with reference books - onllne and in print - to figure out what you what to focus on with your topic.

Searching tips

Think about the keywords you use to search

When you search on Google you always get something that seems like a relevant result. Sometimes it is harder to search with databases because the search process functions somewhat differently.- let's look for information for a paper about Global warming and polar bears

Think about alternative words associated with your topic- global warming, climate change, rising sea levels

Broader and narrower - rising sea levels, melting polar ice cap, climate change, polar bears, arctic mammals

Use quotation marks around phrases "global warming", "polar bears"

Use a wildcard - (usually an asterisk *) for getting hits for multiple words sharing the same root - child* gets hits for child, children, child's, childhood, childish, etc.

Connect terms with AND, OR or NOT - capitalize these connecting words (or Boolean Operators) to indicate they are a command

("climate change" OR "global warming") AND "polar bear*"



Your Librarians / Ask for Help

Need help with something? Ask Us for Help!

If you are on-campus you are encouraged to stop by the Library and ask for help, we welcome the opportunity to work with you.

If you are off-campus and we are open your best option is to call the Reference Desk at 315-786-2482 and ask for one of us. You can also contact us via email or if you need immediate assistance and we are not open, you can chat with a librarian online (likely not a JCC librarian, but helpful nonetheless) as outlined on our "Ask for Help" web page.

We look forward to working with you!

John Thomas ( / 315-786-2314)

Beverly Scarpulla ( / 315-786-2224)