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Types of Information

  • Scholarly Sources
    Scholarly sources are those written by experts in a particular field. They are usually peer reviewed and available in databases.
  • Trade Publications
    Trade publications are those journals and magazines published by and for people working in a particular field.
  • Popular Sources
    Popular publications are non-scholarly sources such as magazines and newspapers.

How to Access Information

How to Search

  • Selecting Keywords
    Choosing keywords for your search.
    Example: teenagers, adolescents, volunteerism
  • Boolean Operators
    Using AND, OR, and NOT to combine keywords.
    Example: women AND drug abuse
  • Phrase Searching and Nesting
    Use "" to form phrases and () to combine groups of synonyms.
    Example: "emissions standards" and (car or automobile)
  • Truncation
    Use symbols with root words to find all possible word endings in a single search.
    Example: educat*

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