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Introduction to Rhetoric and Research

Welcome to the Introduction to Rhetoric and Research guide.

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:

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

        SWU eBooks

        eBooks

        Access eBooks through Rickman Library's EBSCO eBooks collection.eBooks can be viewed online in Rickman Library, off-campus on your computer, and in many cases downloaded to computers or mobile devices for offline use.  Our eBooks will be included if you do a search in ONEsearch, which searches for books in the Rickman Library, articles in our many databases, and eBooks.  Most of our eBooks are not included in SWUcat, the Rickman Library catalog.