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HY109/PA111 Civilization in East Asia: Research tips

Annotated Bibliographies

After exploring a topic and refining your thesis statement, you will want to compile an annotated bibliography.

How to Prepare an Annotated Bibliography from Cornell University.

Annotated Bibliographies by the Purdue University Online Writing Lab.

Literature Reviews

Literature reviews take a critical look at the published works on a specific topic.

Literature Reviews The Writing Center, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Write a Literature Review University of California at Santa Cruz.

CC Writing Center

The Writing Center, which is located in the Tutt Library Learning Commons, offers one-on-one tutoring. You can make an appointment online or by calling x6742.

Search Strategies

Goal How To Example
find a phrase Place quotation marks around a group of words "Japanese Literature"
broaden a
Use an asterisk (*) at theend of a word to search for variations of a word at one time
Japan* searches for Japan, Japanese, etc.
search for
AND searches for items that contain both keywords Japan* AND literature retrieves documents that have both words
OR searches for items that have at least one of the keywords "Japanese poetry" OR Haiku pulls items with either word
stop a keyword
from showing
up in results
NOT excludes items with a specific keyword educat* NOT secondary means that any items with the word Europe will not show up in the search results
look for words near one another
use "near" in between keywords Japan* near poetry 
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