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ENGL 1000 Freshman English I

Welcome to the Freshman English I research guide.

Keyword Searching

Keyword Search Rules for the Library Catalog and Databases


Using AND/OR/NOT (Boolean Search Operators)
AND

Use AND to focus search and combine different aspects of your topic.

Example: vegetarianism and environment

OR
 

Use OR to expand your search and find synonyms/related terms.

Example: global warming or climate change

NOT

Use NOT to exclude a word or phrase from your search

Example: emissions trading not United States

 


Additional Search Tips

"Phrase search"  - Use quotation marks" " to search for a particular phrase.

Example: "greenhouse gas emissions"

    Truncation * - Use an asterisk to find variations of a word. Put an asterisk following the root of the word to find all variations of that word, including singular and plural.

    Example: environment* (finds environments, environmental, environmentalist, etc.)

      (Grouping/Nesting Keywords) - Use parentheses ( ) as a way to group all your search terms together.

      Example: (climate change or global warming) and population growth

        Catalog Search Tips

        Think Broadly. Remember to think broadly when searching for books - that is, to realize that your specific topic will probably be treated in books that cover a broader subject.

        Once you find a book relevant to your topic, use the subject headings to help you find more.

        Search Examples:

        Start Here

        ONEsearch searches all library information-- books, databases, etc.-- in one place!  This eliminates the need to search individual databases, and the question, "Which database do I search?" is now answered!ONEsearch

         

         

        SWUcat is the library catalog, which searches for books within the library.

        Encore is the new statewide shared catalog, replacing PASCALcat.  Encore searches for books and ebooks in colleges and universities in South Carolina. The classic catalog PASCALcat is still available here.

        PASCALcat

        Looking for a specific periodical or magazine?  Search our Journals A - Z.

        A to Z