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English Writing 302 - College Composition (Sapra)

Research strategies and links to information resources useful for ENGWR 302.

Search Tips for this Assignment

One of the greatest challenges in starting a new research project is deciding which search terms best describe your topic as you begin the search for relevant books or articles.  Here are a few general suggestions to help you get started:

  • city / town / community / county / region
  • history / settlement
  • issue / problem / conflict / solutions
  • development / growth / change / planning
  • people / environment /resources
  • water use / land use

Try to be really succinct/to the point and use just a couple of keywords instead of typing long sentences. The videos explain all of this quickly (less than 2 minutes!), so please watch it now. Here are few more tips, using some more specific topics as examples:

  • Enter keywords that represent your topic:   
  • Limit searches to two to four keywords or phrases:  
    Folsom naturally occurring asbestos         
  • Don't search with sentences, questions, or long phrases.
  • Combine terms with OR to broaden:  
    food supply  OR  food access OR food security (this would find items with food supply or food access or food security)
  • Combine terms with AND to narrow:
    Rancho Cordova
    AND homeless AND housing (this would find items with all three; Rancho Cordova, homeless and housing)
  • Place quotation marks around words you wish to be searched as a phrase: "food desert"