Welcome to the Technical Communication 311 library guide.
This guide provides training material and additional information that may help you with your assignment.
AND – returns results with both keywords. AND usually limits the search results
OR – returns results with one or the other keyword.It broadens your results by connecting two or more synonyms.
NOT – returns results excluding specific keywords
Use the Boolean Machine for visualizing the effects of Boolean operators .
Quotation Marks “ ” – keep keywords together, for exact phrase searching
Brackets ( ) – keep concepts together, used for synonyms
("green energy" OR "sustainable energy" OR "renewable energy") AND (logistics OR "supply chain")
A URL (Uniform Resource Locator) is a web address for a page or document on the World Wide Web. We can make some educated guesses about the reliability of a web site if we know a little about URLs.
Each URL (for example http://www.whitehouse.gov/about/internships), consists of an access protocol (http), a domain name (www.whitehouse.gov), and an optional path to a file or resource residing on that server (about/internships).
The domain name indicates the organization responsible for the site (www.whitehouse.gov in the example above). The top-level domain indicates the type of site (gov in the example above).
The most common top-level domains and the type of site they indicate are:
In general, .gov and .edu web sites are more reliable than .com web sites.
When doing research, it is important to use a variety of sources such as books, articles from newspapers, magazines or journals, and websites. Always make sure that the information you use is reliable and appropriate for your assignment.
The resources provided by the library are usually peer-reviewed and trustworthy, but when using information that can be accessed through using general search engines, you need to be cautious, as most websites do not undergo peer review.To ensure you are including only valid information in your research, evaluate your sources using the criteria provided in this LibGuide.