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Research guides: Created by experienced USC librarians to help you start/improve your research. Organized to help you find resources you need on a specific subject or topic
Tips to Conducting Research
Do background research using reference materials (such as encyclopedias, dictionaries) to find key terms, dates, names, etc.
Work from general to the specific - Start big and work your way down
Avoid full sentences - Use keywords
Develop a list of search terms and refine your terms as you go
Always check bibliographies/reference lists/works cited page for good sources
Remember: The way you say something may be different than the way a scholar/author says it. Be on the lookout for topic-specific terminology/words and use them to modify your search (Search for "myocardial infarction" instead of "heart attack").
The search will only look for instances where the words genetic and engineering are next to each other
“genetic engineering” AND humans
This search will look for articles with a tie to humans
“genetic engineering” NOT animals
Eliminates articles with references to animals
“genetic engineering” OR “genetic modification”
Both phrases will be included in the search and will increase the number of results retrieved