In English 101S, you will need to do some research. Use the resources on this page to help get you started. If you find that you need further help narrowing down your paper topic, searching a database, finding relevent sources, or citing sources, feel free to stop by the library to speak with a librarian.
Boolean Operators are AND, OR, and NOT.
AND will limit your search. The search results will bring back only results with BOTH keywords in them. Use this operator to connect multiple concepts.
OR will broaden your search. The search results will have either one term or the other or both. This is helpful when there are more than one way to say a keyword.
NOT will eliminate a term from your search. Use the operator NOT to eliminiate irrelevant topics from search results that keep appearing. These could be topics that often appear with your keywords, but are not related to your topic.
For more tips on searching databases, check out these tips!
Remember that great searches do the following: