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Databases for History of the United States I
Special Search Strategy
The asterisk * is a common symbol used to represent any number of letters at the ends of words
Helps find singulars, plurals, and variant endings of words
Example: docu* finds documents, document, documentation, documented
Phrases: " "
Enclose phrases in quotation marks when searching the Web or most databases
Phrase searching in individual databases may vary.
Example: "Revolutionary War"
Example: "President Andrew Jackson"
MLA Style for Academic Work
Key Word Searching
State Your Topic as a Question:
For example, if you are interested in finding out about how John Wilkes Booth assassinated President Lincoln, phrase your question: "Describe how John Wilkes Booth assassinated President Lincoln."
Identify the Keywords in your question. Here they are John Wilkes Booth, President Lincoln and assassination.
Too Much Information?
If you are finding too many sources, narrow your topic by using the "and" operator.
For example: "President Lincoln" and "John Wilkes Booth"
Too Little Information?
You may need to broaden your topic or perhaps select a different one. Broaden your topic by linking similar words with the "or" operator.