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ENGL 100 (Braman)

Access Databases

Use your SURF ID & password to access databases from Off-Campus.

Databases for Hot Topics

Databases for Scholarly Articles

Keywords are Critical!

  • Keep them brief and concise.

  • Spelling counts! Make sure you don't misspell your keywords.

  • Use "quotation marks" to keep words together in a specific order.

    • Example: "electric car"

  • Combine terms to get more specific results

    • Example: Technology AND Education

    • Example: Technology AND (College OR University)

Keep in mind that searching is not an exact science and you must experiment with different combinations of keywords to get the results you want.

Keywords in Databases

  • Go in broad with a keyword search and then narrow your results through subject searching.
  • Search for each aspect of your topic separately.
  • Don't assume you're going to find one article that covers all aspects of your topic.

Scholarly Articles

Introduction to MLA

About MLA

Modern Language Association (MLA) citation style is used to avoid plagiarism and give credit to others for their work. MLA requires:

  • In-Text Citations for each source when paraphrasing and quoting
  • Works Cited page with full citation details for each source used