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WRI 111: The Ethics of Persuasion: Home

This guide supports students in Prof. Branch's course WRI 111: The Ethics of Persuasion.

Database Search Tips

Effective search strategies 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 "medical marijuana" or "food desert".

  • When searching for a keyword with multiple variations (ex. "agriculture", "agricultures", "agricultural") use the root form of the word and add an asterisk (*). This means using agricultur* will retrieve items that have all variations of this word.

  • Be specific: A search for Confederate statues and protest* and "public space*" is much better than one for "Confederate monuments".

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

Getting Started with Background Sources

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

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