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ID2050 - Worcester, MA Project Center - Professor Foo: Search Tips & Strategies

Advanced Search Tips

Use these search terms to narrow or broaden your search:

 

Term

Example

Result

AND

media AND bias

Narrows the search to entries containing both terms.

OR

beer OR wine

Broadens the search to entries containing either term.

NOT

bat NOT baseball

Excludes entries containing the second term.

“ ”

“social work”

Retrieves results containing the exact phrase in quotes.

?

globali?ation

Wildcard: Retrieves both globalization and globalisation.

*

teen*

Truncation: Retrieves teen, teens, teenager and teenagers.

 

Scholarly vs. Trade vs. Popular Journals

Popular, Trade & Scholarly Journal Comparison

 

Popular

Trade

Scholarly

Audience

General Public

Professionals working in the field

Scholars/Experts/Students

Authors

Reporters

Professional in the field/journalist

Scholars/Experts

Peer-Reviewed

No

No

Yes

Color Pictures

Many

Yes

Few

Advertisements

Many

Yes, targeted to professionals

Few

Article Length

1-5 pages

Ranges

10+ pages

Article Titles

Short & Catchy

Ranges

Long & Descriptive

Cites Sources

No

Occasional, not required

Yes, Required as facts and quotes are verified