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ENGLT 370 - Professor Engler (Spring 2023): Finding Sources

Let me know if I can help :)

In this guide you'll find some info to help you get started on your research.  But this stuff is all just an intro. Holler at me and I can help you find sources on the topic you've selected :)  - David McCusker

Let me know if I can help :)

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Research Help Chat

This service is staffed by librarians at ARC and the rest of the world. So, great for getting quick answers to quick questions, but if you want to talk with a librarian who is already familiar with the assignment and the ARC library, please use my contact info above.

Finding Sources with OneSearch

If you're new to OneSearch, please take a moment to watch the OneSearch in One Minute video below. It does a good job of laying out the basics :)

What that video does not mention is that sometimes OneSearch works incredibly poorly. Sometimes it does work great. Other times, it will be shocking to see how poorly it finds things that are relevant to your search. I'm going to give you a couple tips for searching OneSearch, but the most important tip I can give you, is that if you're getting frustrated, that's a perfect time to ask for help. I get paid to deal with OneSearch's bs. You do not. Let me know so I can help :)

Tip 1: Experiment with different keywords. There are almost always multiple ways to talk about a concept. If I were writing a paper on how children's books can help children who are experiencing grief, I would try a number of different searches.

"children's books" grief

"juvenile literature" grief

"Children's literature"  grief

and depending on how that goes, I might try searching for grieving or loss or death or sadness or sorrow instead of grief.

Tip 2: Use quotations to search for phrases. If I search for "children's literature" that phrase appears in the documents in my results. If I search for children's literature without the quotes, all the results will use the word children and they'll use the word literature, but they may have nothing to do with children's literature.

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