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FYS: Outbreak: Coming Soon to a Neighborhood Near You: Background Information

Information to assist Dr. Lord's students identify reliable sources


Welcome! You've found the research guide for Dr. Lord's FYS Outbreak. Hopefully these library resources will be helpful for your research papers.

If you need more help, please click on the right to meet with your Science Librarian.

-Sarah H. Jeong, MLIS 

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 "body image" or "United States".

  • When a keyword with multiple variations (ex. "child", "children", "childhood", etc.) use truncators (the little * symbol). Essentially, they tell the database to look for the root form of the word and include anything that comes after it. This means using 'child*' will retrieve items that have all variations-- "child", "children", "childhood". 

  • Be specific: A search for "child* and media and violence" is much better  than one for "television violence"

  • Use the various ways of limiting a search that appear on your results screen - most interfaces let you limit by publication date, subject, format and more. Use these to narrow your results list as much as possible.

  • Finally, ZSR Librarians are very skilled in helping you find the best search for your topic - just AskZSR!

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