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ENG 107: College Writing (Ward): Where to Search?

UP Library Search: A Google Scholar-like Search of the Library

Search: for:  

Use UP Library Search to find books, streaming videos, online resources, journal articles, and much more (Search Tips). Need help? See handouts for Finding Books on the Shelf and Requesting Clark Library and Summit Items online.

Searching Tips

1. Instead of searching for a topic statement or sentence, identify 2-3 key concepts of your topic.

Topic sentence: Should we send humans to Mars?

Key concepts:  humans and Mars

2. Library databases search for your words exactly as you enter them. Give yourself flexibility by using the asterisk. Enter the first several letters of the word that all of the different forms of the word that come to mind share, then use the asterisk to look for any additional letters.


human* will find: human, humans, humanity...

Finding Articles and Arguments

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