Fall 2009 Student Handout: Introduction to Searching
Research @ the Library
Resources by Subject (Subject Guides)
Create list of key words FIRST: www.esc.edu/findkeywords
Double quotes for exact phrases: "drug abuse" or "mad cow disease"
AND to narrow search: teenagers AND "drug abuse"
OR to broaden search: teenagers OR adolescents
Parentheses to group synonyms: "drug abuse" and (teenagers or adolescents)
Look for "Scholarly" or "Peer-Review" limit option on results page
"Subjects" list on left side of results pages to narrow search
"Add to Folder" or "Mark" option next to article on results page to save item to folder.
EBSCO: click yellow icon for pre-formatted citations (APA, etc.)
Other Resources to Explore
Library Workshops: learn more: tinyurl.com/eschomeworkshops
RefWorks & Diigo: organize your sources: www.esc.edu/refworks & www.diigo.com
Library Blog & Twitter Accounts: get more search tips: esclibrary.blogspot.com &
Center for Learning and Technology 9/2/09
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