Organize your thoughts...
Journal vs. Magazine - What's the difference?
Take this five-minute quiz.
The RADAR Challenge is an online game developed by the librarians at Loyola Marymount University. You can play in teams during a class or library session. RADAR stands for Rationale, Accuracy, Date, Authority, Relevance.
When searching in a library database...
SUBJECT SEARCHING searches specific, standardized subject headings assigned to materials. A subject search limits your search to an exact word or an exact combination of words.
Advantage: Subject searching retrieves exactly what you ask for.
Disadvantage: Subject searching limits you to only what you ask for.
KEYWORD SEARCHING retrieves any and all occurrences of a word or combination of words, whether the words appear in the subject headings, title, or description of the item.
Advantage: Keyword searching expands the search to all occurrences of a word or combination of words.
Disadvantage: Keyword searching may retrieve much more than you want.
Type phrases in quotes.
Use the Advanced Search option to limit by date, language, domain, etc.
Use Google Scholar to retreive more academic sources.
Configure Google Scholar to import references into RefWorks (for citation management):
1. Select Scholar Preferences Link from the selections next to the Search Window.
2. Near the Bottom of the Screen click the radio button next to "Show links to import citations into" and choose "Refworks" from the drop-down menu.
3. Click "Save Preferences."
The Turnitin Plagiarism Prevention System compares your paper to: