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ENGL 2A: Critical Thinking & Writing (Patchigondla)

Game Rules

  • Start each answer with your Group Number or you will not get credit for it!
  • As the only professional librarian present, I will decide who has the best answer to each question.
  • "Prizes" are determined by the professor or librarian.
  • Use the allotted time wisely. Think about your answers. Speed isn't going to give you any extra points!

Question One


Remember OmniFile? Go to the library homepage now and enter OmniFile. We are going to practice some of those skills that we practiced in CTW1 now... kind of a "crash refresher" course.

Imagine you were looking for scholarly journal articles that discuss:

How are, or should, parents be talking with their children about racism?


I think that question should be reduced to FOUR words. What are they?

Question 2

Now that we've decided on our 4 words, you will put one in each box. 

Show me how you would TRUNCATE them. Be careful ... one is a bit tricky. 

P.S. You did notice how you can add a 4th box, right?

Question 3

Type those 4 words in the search boxes. Don't forget to truncate. What is the total Results?

Question 4

Actually, for this database, that's a pretty small number. I think there's more good stuff out there. As you may recall, I hope, from our earlier time together, you need to think of each database as having its own special language because many do! The trick to finding ALL the BEST stuff on a topic is figuring out what words are going to be most effective in those boxes, representing those big ideas. You do this by looking at the words and phrases listed as Subjects as you scan the Results display. You should be seeing some of the words you searched in bold among them. I see racism/racist and children lot. Also, parent/parenting shows up regularly.

Most importantly, perhaps, I see important synonyms for that third idea ... talk. There are two Subjects that appear on two of the Results in that first page in that  that could be considered other ways to say talk.

So, take a close look now at the Subjects listed on those first 10 records. Try to identify two that mean talk


Question 5

Remember the Boolean OR from our earlier time together? Remember how you use it? Because that is how you are going to use those 2 words right now. Go back in and revise your search making use of the OR and those 2 words! Come back with a revised number of RESULTS.

P.S. Don't forget to truncate the new words!

Question 6

So we now have our final, perfected complex Boolean search for this topic in this database.

Browse the 1st page of Results. You'll notice that most have a link to the PDF of the article right there. But, some do not, and those could be the best ones, so you need to practice following the Find-It-@-SCU link to get to the PDF.

Let's do that now! Scroll through those first few articles looking at the titles of the JOURNAL ... one is in Urban Education. Follow the Find-It-@-SCU link all the way to the PDF. It's a few logical steps. Open the PDF. Go to the last page of the article. You will find short biographies of the 2 authors. They are at the same university, but one is a professor and the other a doctoral student. Which is the doctoral student?

Final Question

Now that you have reviewed the basics of searching for articles, do some searching for your topics. Try to find an excellent article for one of your research questions and share the following information about your search and what you found:

  • Your research question.
  • A picture of your final search.
  • An MLA citation to one really excellent article.
  • A working PERMALINK (you'll find this in the column to the right of the Abstract) to that article.

Put this information in a box on this PADLET. Put your Group Number at the top.

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