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English 131

Technical Writing 131

How to Search

The key to searching the databases is using KEYWORDS. Searching the databases is different than searching an internet source. For example, you might type a whole question like, "what are the effects of video games on children's behavior" into a search engine. Typing in a whole sentence like that in the database confuses it and you won't find any results. Instead, you need to pick out the keywords and only search those. For the example above, you might search "video games" "children" "behavior" to get some relevant results.

Where to Search

When doing a project or research paper, using a variety of sources helps create a more interesting result. Different topics may require the use of different sources, but in general, you should use: 

  • books
  • reference books--encyclopedias and dictionaries
  • scholarly journals
  • magazines
  • newspapers
  • government documents
  • statistical sources

You can find many of these types of sources in the PPCC Libraries collection. A search in the catalog will find books. Use our databases to find journal, newspaper and magazine articles. 

The sources you find through the PPCC Libraries are reputable, reliable sources. 

Sources found in our databases are NOT internet sources. When your instructor says, "don't use the internet," skip Google and Wikipedia and use the libraries' databases and books. 

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