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ENG 1050 - Introduction to College Writing

Research Terminology

Journal: Collections of articles related to a particular field, or focusing on a specific subject area that are released multiple times throughout the year.

Database: Organized and searchable collection of materials, including articles in journals and other periodicals. 

Catalog: Organized and searchable listing of the physical and digital books, films, etc., owned by McQuade Library.

Call Number: The number listed in the catalog, and printed on the side of the book, that indicates the location in the library. 

Keywords: One or more words used to search for materials with content on a similar subject.

Subjects: Terms that describe the content of the material, these are assigned by librarians and other information professionals. 

Searching in Library Resources

McQuade Library resources don't work like Google!

Putting too many words or phrases into a search box prevents you from getting results- even when there are many resources related to your topic! 

Break your topic or research question down to the most important parts, then use those to create your search phrase.

  • Example research topic: The impact of self esteem on the academic performance of college students
  • Search terms: self esteem, academic performance, college students
  • Put these terms together to create a search phrase: self esteem AND academic performance AND college students
  • Using the word "and" between terms tells the database that you want articles that incorporate all of the ideas, so each time you use "and" you are narrowing the list of results. 

The video below offers so helpful tips on how to get the most out of your searches: