Challenge Library Guide for WR 121 - Shephard - Southridge: Welcome!

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Welcome to your Portland State University Library (PSU) course guide for WR 121! Here you will find useful information about Library resources and services to support your college success! Take time to browse the web pages that you can access from the navigation bar. There are videos and screenshots that describe key ways to approach your research for papers and presentations.

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ASE Research Model


Use the acronym, ASE, for your research strategy!

your topic to discover keywords, related terms, synonyms. Use scholarly subject encyclopedias for background information.

for articles, books, and documentaries. List relevant databases.

the resources....Are they relevant? Are they current? Peer reviewed? Scholarly or popular?


School of Library and Information Studies, The Florida State University. (2010). Research led by Dr. Melissa Gross and Dr. Don LathamProject funded by The Institute of Museum and Library Services, which is the primary source of federal support for the nation's 123,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. The Institute's mission is to create strong libraries and museums that connect people to information and ideas.

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Using AND or OR in the PSU Library Catalog

Use AND or OR to refine your search. You will need to capitalize these words in order for them to work as Boolean operators:

plastics AND oceans - AND combines keywords

wages OR paychecks - OR provides a broader search for synonyms or words that have the same meaning.

If you have any questions or need help, Ask a Librarian.

Searching Tips!

Use quotation marks to search for a keyword phrase:

"high school" 

"closed campus"

"restaurant proximity"

Use the asterisk * to replace a suffix or the end of the word to retrieve related keywords:

rac* will retrieve race, racism, racist

schedul*  will retrieve schedule, scheduler, scheduling

If you have any questions about these searching techniques, be sure to Ask a Librarian!

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