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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: "sanctuary cities"
Example: "federal government"
State Your Topic as a Question:
For example, if you are interested in finding out about how sanctuary cities help immigrants, phrase your question: "How do sanctuary cities protect immigrants?
Identify the Keywords in your question. Here they are s anctuary cities, protect* and immigrants .
Too Much Information?
If you are finding too many sources, narrow your topic by using the "and" operator.
For example: "sanctuary cities" and immigrants and protect*
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.
MLA Style for Academic Work