Challenge Library Guide for Student Research: Welcome!
Welcome to your Challenge Library Guide!
Welcome to your Portland State University Library (PSU) subject guide for Challenge courses at Portland State University. The PSU Library is your online center for research!
In this subject guide, you will find useful information about Library resources and services to support your college success! Take time to browse these web pages. There are videos and screenshots that describe key approaches to research for your papers, presentations, and other resource gathering assignments.
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Brainstorming Keywords for Your Topic Video
This quick video explains how to turn your topic into keywords while searching for library resources and sources on the Web.
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 Latham. Project 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.
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:
wages OR paychecks - OR provides a broader search for synonyms or words that have the same meaning.
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