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CRC-100 (Oster, Spring 2020)


Next, find information about your topic.  

What types of sources will be good for your topic, books, audio, journals, magazines, websites?

What search tools can help you locate them, the library library catalog, journal databases, web search engines?

Depending on what you find, you might need to revise your topic or search strategy.

If you are having trouble finding information on your topic, always feel free to ask a librarian.


According to the information cycle, different types of sources are generated.

Information Cycle

Capitalize your connectors AND/OR

1. Phrase Search-keep a phrase together so it will not get separated and lose intended meaning


"yellowstone park"

"sandy hook"

2. Truncations  - to search words of various endings


comput* -computer, computers, computerize computerized, computerizing, computational, computation

wom?n - woman or women

girl*-girl, girls, girlish

3. Boolean Operators - use AND/ OR/ NOT to connect your keywords - Boolean Machine.

 Example- AND

california AND parks

"yellowstone park" AND "wild life"

Example- OR

women OR girl* OR female*

research OR survey or case stud*

Example- NOT (AND NOT)

yellowstone NOT park

clinton AND NOT hillary

4. Use parenthesis and quotation marks for logical execution of search terms

"sexual harassment" AND ("work place" OR office)

Tips for One Search

1. Use Advanced search interface

2. Search by keyword  and limit search in Subject (SU) or Abstract (AB) field

3. Use keywords describing one concept in each search box, connect synonyms with connector OR (capitalized)

4. Limit to Full Text articles, Peer Reviewed or by Publication Date or a combination of them. 

5. Example of Library One Search:

Sample topic:  Should plastic water bottles be banned?

               Keywords search statement:  plastic AND water bottle* AND ban*


1. Limit keywords in Subject or Abstract field

2. Limit to Online Access & In Library and by Publication Date from 2010 to 2020

One Search for banning of plastic water bottles


Find Full Text Articles

1. PDF, HTML link directly to full text articles 

2. Get it @ Rider University Libraries link you to several possibilities:

   a. another database that has the article in full text
   b. an open journal on the Internet
   c. the library catalog - the article may be in a print periodical inside the Library.  

3. If you cannot get full text from Get it @ , use Journals at the Library Home to search the journal name and locate the full text article.

4. I still have question, ask a librarian. 

Find full text articles


Record of an article

Click the article title , you will see the whole record of the article.


1. You can email the article

2. Perma Link is the permanent URL that links to the article

3. Source  includes the name of the periodical, date of publication, page number.

4. Cite on the right side gives you APA, MLA citation of the article.

5. Note the database the article is in. 




Library Catalog

                  Advanced Search

Tutorial on How to Search Online Catalog

Note: You can also use Library One Search to find Library's books and DVDs. 

Sample book search 

1. At the Advanced Search box, enter  cell* phone OR mobile phone, Limit to Subject

2. Under Location > Moore Stacks (shelves)

3. Use the book call number to find books on the shelves.

4. For an ebook, read online or download it to check it out for the check-out period. The file will expire upon due date.

Sample topic: Educating children with autism

search the catalog

Result page

search catalog result page


Sources Links Library Catalog  Points of View Reference Center CQ ResearcherOne Search

Your Topics & suggested keywords: 

1.Should we ban plastic water bottles?
plastic AND water bottle* AND ban
2.Should student athletes be paid?
(college OR student*) AND athlete* AND (pay OR salar*)
3.Is climate change caused by human behavior or a flawed theory?
"climate change" AND human behavior
"climate change" AND flaw* AND scientist*