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ENGLISH 101: Books

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Search Examples


can be any words used to describe a concept or idea. Keyword search is the most flexible way to research a topic.


voluntary simplicity
meaning of life


food and culture 
food and history
food and (immigration or migration)

Middle Eastern Food
Asian food 
Korean food

al pastor taco
baba nagoush
(Kimchee or kimchi or kim chee)

social media 

Covid-19 and discrimination
pandemic and environment*
climate change and pandemic
civilization and pandemic
science and pandemic
trauma and pandemic

(covid-19 or coronavirus or 2019-ncov) 

over-consumption or consumerism


are "controlled vocabulary" -- words and phrases -- that are used to categorize / organize information resources (books, articles, and other media) so researchers can find them more easily: Grouped under a "subject" regardless of what synonyms, variant spellings, and homographs authors/editors may have used. Researchers can't invent subject words but they can discover the subject word(s) for a topic in the description of a book, an article, or other information sources. ~ paraphrased from this source. 


Search Strategies

Search Strategies


  1. Keyword Search
    thesis statement
    essay writing

    academic writing
    science writing
    writing and technology

  2. AND -- to narrow down/refine a topic by combining concepts together
    consumerism AND addiction
    advertising AND consumption 

  3. OR -- use nested search to include synonyms or related words

    (college education OR higher education)
    (social media OR twitter OR Facebook)

  4. "   " -- use double quotes to search words as a phrase and to make searches more precise

    "cyber security"
    "the internet of things"

  5.  -- use the asterisk/wildcard to truncate words so you can retrieve letters after the stem

    educat* ->  edcuate, educator, education
    pollut* -> pollute, pollutes, polluting, pollution, pollutants, etc.