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College Writing 5K: Media . Summer 2019: "Start Your Search"

Instructor: McClain

What is Start your search?

Start your Search includes books, articles and more.

Start your search is powered by EBSCO Discovery Services and combines a variety of library collections, catalogs and databases into a single search experience.

What's NOT included

Start your Search does not include everything in the Library's collections. To ensure you're finding the best possible articles on your research topic, you should search discipline-specific databases directly. 

Content that is not included in Start your Search:

Caveats
It's difficult to track precisely which databases are or are not available in Start your Search for several reasons:

  1. Many databases are not exclusively available from a single vendor. The Library subscribes to the MLA International Bibliography from ProQuest, for example, but the Bibliography is still available in Start your Search by other means.
  2. Journals that are available in one database are often also available in other databases. While we know that Compendex is not available in Start your Search, many of the journals in Compendex are available in Start your Search via other library database subscriptions.

Sample Searches - "Start Your Search"

1.  keywords;  variant word endings

    television violence child*

* = truncation symbol/wildcard:  child* = child childs children childhood childish...

on the left, limit to scholarly/peer reviewed articles; or limit to magazines, limit by language...

2.  add more terms for a  narrower focus

     facebook privacy
     facebook privacy legislation

 

3.  phrase searching

    "fake news" "social media"    

quotation marks keep two or more words together as a phrase  

 

4.  alternative terminology

     print magazines internet

     "magazine industry" internet

Search Results Annotated

Filters for Narrowing Your Search

Are there filters in the left sidebar that will help you narrow your search results?  Click on the category ("language" "geography") to view the options.

Quick Guide (Evaluating Sources)

When you encounter any kind of source, consider:

  1. Authority - Who is the author? What is their point of view? 
  2. Purpose - Why was the source created? Who is the intended audience?
  3. Publication & format - Where was it published? In what medium?
  4. Relevance - How is it relevant to your research? What is its scope?
  5. Date of publication - When was it written? Has it been updated?
  6. Documentation - Did they cite their sources? Who did they cite?
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