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College-wide Composition 1 Research Guide

Research guide for ENC 1101 - Composition 1

Database Search Techniques

Database Search Techniques

Limit search by selecting "Subject" ["drug abuse"]
Use "AND" to combine search terms ["drug abuse" AND teen*]
Use "OR" to find either search term [diet OR nutrition]
Use NOT to exclude a search term [diet not nutrition]
Use quotation marks to search a phrase ["drug abuse"]

Find Articles in Databases

The Libraries provide access to thousands of full-text magazine, journal and newpaper articles, electronic books and digitally streamed video and music content.  Use the scholarly/peer reviewed limit feature in a database if needed. 

Databases A-Z

Three good starting points for research: 

searching for articles

These databases are great for persuasive speeches as they provide both pro and con viewpoints:

Database Articles

Finding articles is easy in databases. Follow the steps below


Arrow pointing to the databases link on the menu


The link will take you to a page with an A-Z listing of databases. 


Arrow pointing to the Academic Search Complete Database


Academic Search Complete is a very general databases that covers a wide-variety of topics.  


Arrows pointing to the search boxes in Academic Search Complete


This search has returned 28 articles. 

Arrow pointing to the title of the article


The full-text of the article will be on the left. Use the tool box to print, email, or save the database article. The cite button will get you started on a citation. 

Arrows showing the full text of the article and the tool box

Finding articles in the catalog

Articles, eBooks, and other resources can be found within the library catalog, just like books.




Arrow pointing to the Everything selection in Primo


Your search results will look like this


Arrows showing how to view the eBook and article