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ENGL 115: Argumentation (Billings)

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Sample Search 1: Borders in a Global Context
Database: Political Science Complete

line 1: "geographic boundaries" (Subject Terms)
line 2: borders (Select a Field)

This search retrieved 124 peer reviewed citations. When I limited the search to 2017-2022 the number of citations decreased to 17.


Sample Search 2: Privacy vs National Security
Database: Political Science Complete; the other listed databases would also have information on this topic.

line 1: privacy (Subject Terms)
line 2: "national security" (Subject Terms)

This yielded 53 peer reviewed citations, only 8 from 2017-2022. When I expanded the search to Academic Search Complete and OmniFile, the search retrieved 250 citations, 30 from 2017-2022.


Sample Search 3: Immigration Reform

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