Skip to Main Content
It looks like you're using Internet Explorer 11 or older. This website works best with modern browsers such as the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge. If you continue with this browser, you may see unexpected results.

ENG 702: Rhetorical Criticisms: Traditions & Practices: Home

Search Tips

Good searching can shorten your research time significantly. Here are some tips from the pros:

  • Use quotation marks around a phrase to inform the search engine to look for exactly the phrase you enter- for example "rhetorical modes" or "youth activism".

  • When searching for a keyword with multiple variations (ex. "education", "educators") use the root form of the word and add an asterisk (*). This means using educat* will retrieve items that have all variations-- "education", "educators", etc.

  • Use the built-in database filters to focus your results- most interfaces let you limit by publication date, subject, format and more.

  • Approach your library searches with flexibility and variation-- try different keywords, search different databases, let your search results inform your search strategy.

  • Finally, ZSR Librarians are here to help you find the best sources for your research assignment!

ZSR Search Box: Everything

"Pre-Research": Getting Started with Background Sources

Before getting started with research, it is a good idea to start with some background and context to the topic(s) you are investigating. The informative sources below will help you get to that information quickly.

ZSR Library Databases

Instruction & Outreach Librarian

Profile Photo
Meghan Webb
she / her
Contact:
webbmm@wfu.edu
(336) 758-2648
Website

Open Access Sources

Search Google Scholar

Google Scholar Search
Need help? Chat with us