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CMP-120 (Rosenbaum_Spring_2020)

Expository Writing

Learning Information Research Skills


Assignment:  By using newspaper articles, identify a theme in "All Quiet on the Western Front" and to select a newspaper article on a situation or issue that corresponds in some way and then to explain how the fiction (or what has been fictionalized) can help to illuminate the reality.

Questions to help identify the topic:

  • What issues/situations can you find in a newspaper article related to any of the themes in this book?
  • How does the newspaper article compare to the situations in the book?

If you are not finding enough information, your topic may be too narrow.


Consider broadening it by exploring related issues, adding another element to the topic, or expanding the area covered. Use truncation and the boolean connector, OR, to expand your topic.

If you are finding too much information, your topic may be too broad.

Consider narrowing it by time period, geographic location, or population.

The videos and information below will help you expand or narrow your searches.

A. Truncation (shorten a word and use of a symbol such as an asterisk (*) or question mark (?)) to search for multiple endings of root words.

Example: consequen* would search for consequence, consequences, consequential


B. BOOLEAN Connectors: AND, OR, NOT are connecting operators that tells the computer to expand (OR), limit (AND), eliminate (NOT) concepts when searching.

Capitalize your connectors AND/OR

Example: war AND profiteering   [both terms need to be in results; narrows topic]

Example: nationalism OR jingoism OR flag-waving  [either terms or all terms can be in results; broadens topic]


C. Phrase search involves a concept that has more than one word and quotation marks around the terms defines the term.

Example: "fake news"

Access World News Rider Access: Available to current students, faculty, and staff of Rider University

"With over 11,000 sources, this comprehensive news collection is ideal for exploring issues and events at the local, regional, national and international level. Its diverse source types include print and online-only newspapers, blogs, newswires, journals, broadcast transcripts and videos. Use it to explore a specific event or to compare a wide variety of viewpoints on topics such as social issues, politics, business, health, sports, cultural activities and people. Content is easily searched and sorted through an intuitive, map-based interface. Check out Trenton Times or New Jersey"

Nexis Uni (formerly LexisNexis) Rider Access: Available to current students, faculty, and staff of Rider University

"Nexis Uni™ features more than 15,000 news, business and legal sources from LexisNexis—including U.S. Supreme Court decisions dating back to 1790—with an intuitive interface that offers quick discovery across all content types, personalization features such as Alerts and saved searches and a collaborative workspace with shared folders and annotated documents."



Nexis Uni Home page with links to news, business, and legal resources

New York Times  Rider Access: Available to current students, faculty, and staff of Rider University

"This is considered the official U.S. newspaper because it publishes the complete text of important documents, speeches and presidential press conferences."

Found the perfect article but there is no link to the full text? We might have access through another database. 


If you have a citation for a journal article you want to get, use the Journals link to see if the Libraries own or have access to the print or electronic versions of the journal title. Here's how to check.The example below is to find full text articles in the New York Times newspaper. From the RU Library home page, click the link to Journals.

picture of library home page with a black circle around the word, Journals

Type the name of the newspaper name in search box to see if it is available in one of our databases or in Moore Library:

Search box with word, New York Times with result of search finding the newspaper in Nexis and Proquest databases.