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ENGL 115: Argumentation (Billings)

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These searches use the first five databases listed above. You can select multiple databases to search simultaneously by clicking on "choose databases" above the search boxes.

Sample Search 1: Banning Books
Line 1: "elementary schools" or "public libraries" (Subject Terms)
Line 2: books or "library materials" (Select a Field)
Line 3: "age appropriate" or censor* or banning (Select a Field)

This search retrieved 653 citations of which 93 are peer reviewed.

Sample Search 2: Social Media and Freedom of Speech
Line 1: "social media" or "online social networks" or tiktok or instagram or facebook (Abstracts)
Line 2: "freedom of speech" or "hate speech" (Select a Field)
Line 3: legislat* or law or legal* or jurisprudence (Select a Field)

This search in the first three databases listed above retrieved 328 peer reviewed citations.