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Library Guide for the Writing Center: Basic Searching

This guide provides information literacy and research help to Writing center tutors and clients.

Helpful Worksheets

These worksheets provide information about the research process and take you step by step through a variety of useful methods. Whether you're just beginning to investigate your topic, attempting to shift your focus to a specific area, or searching for that last key detail, you'll find helpful hints and tools in the PDFs below!

Creating Search Strings


Boolean Operators: AND combines data sets (narrowing a search); OR adds complete data sets (broadening a search); NOT excludes data sets (narrowing a search).

Help with Scout

Sometimes Scout, the library's main research tool, can be a little intimidating. This tutorial will help you to understand how this tool works and the ways that it can enhance your work!