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ENGL 101/101+ - FRESHMAN ENGLISH - Gover

This guide will support ENGL 101 and 101+ for Prof. Gover's Essay 3 Prompt.

Recommended Keywords for Researching Your Assignment

Library databases work best when you choose keywords instead of using sentences or full questions. When creating keywords think about:

  • What are non-essential words? These words have no direct meaning for your topic. For example: the, Why, How, and, etc.
  • What are the concepts or ideas involved? For example: COVID-19, pandemic, internet access, etc.
  • Are there specific populations involved? For example: children, senior citizens, Black women, etc.
  • Is there a specific location or environment? For example: California, high schools, swamps, etc.

For example, my research question: Does drinking alcohol negatively affect college student grades in the United States?

  • Question: What are the words that have no meaning in my question?
  • Answer: Does, drinking, negatively, affect, in, the

My research keywords becomes alcohol AND college student AND grades AND United states. Using "And" tells the database to combine all these words in one source.

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