Use only the keywords you need to search for your topic. Include the Boolean operators AND, OR, and NOT.
AND will narrow down your search. If you need more results, you can add synonyms to your search with the operator OR such as (college students OR undergraduates). NOT helps you exclude terms you may not be interested in seeing, such as cardinals NOT baseball. Boolean operators should be capitalized in TruSearch but they are not case-sensitive in other databases.
Here is more help for searching on TruSearch - http://library.truman.edu/TruSearch-Help.htm.
The world's most valuable and comprehensive scholarly, multi-disciplinary full-text database, with more than 8,500 full-text periodicals, including more than 7,300 peer-reviewed journals. In addition to full text, this database offers indexing and abstracts for more than 12,500 journals and a total of more than 13,200 publications including monographs, reports, conference proceedings, etc. The database features PDF content going back as far as 1887, with the majority of full text titles in native (searchable) PDF format. Searchable cited references are provided for more than 1,400 journals.
Information on current social issues, including viewpoint articles, topic overviews, full-text magazine and newspaper articles, primary source documents, statistics, images, podcasts, and other website links.
Some books included in the database are available in the library, do a keyword search in the Library Catalog using the terms: opposing viewpoints and your topic. Example: "opposing viewpoints" and abortion
Or click here for a complete list of the Opposing Viewpoint Series.
Over 600 online reference titles in all subject areas. Allows cross-referencing between titles and expanding searches into the Truman catalog and other library resources.
Guides for how to use the American Psychological Association (APA) citation style; the Modern Language Association (MLA) citation style; and the Chicago/Turabian citation style. This page also has information on how to use tools that automatically format bibliographic information for you such as: Zotero, and EasyBib.com.
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- How can I access the databases from my home?
- How can I avoid plagiarism when I am using ideas and words that are NOT of my own creation in my writing?
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- How do I use a bibliographic style like MLA, APA or Chicago to cite my bibliographic sources in a research paper?
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