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Writing 120 (Fenstermaker)

Library resources for Rhetorical Theory

Phrase Searching

 

" "

To search for specific phrases, enclose them in quotation marks. The database will search for those words together in that order.

Examples:

“Christine de Pizan”

“The Laugh of the Medusa”

“ancient Greece”

“early modern literature”

Boolean Operators (AND/OR)

 

AND, OR

Join together search terms in a logical manner.

AND - narrows searches, used to join similar terms
OR - broadens searches, used to join dissimilar terms

Examples:

#1
rhetoric AND Aristotle

#2
conversation OR dialogue

#3
poetry
AND
protest OR demonstration
AND
“civil rights”

 

Truncation

 

TRUNCATION

Truncate a word in order to search for different forms of the same word. Many database use the asterisk * as the truncation symbol.

Example:

Truncate the word education rhetoric* to search for rhetoric, rhetorical etc.

Add the truncation symbol to the word propos* to search for propose, proposes, proposing, proposal etc.