Upcoming Network Outage / Service Delay

alert icon (1) Upcoming Network Outage: On Saturday, August 5th from 7:30AM to roughly 5:00PM, many of our servers and services will be unavailable due to extensive electrical work in the main server room at Newtown Campus. Network and phone service may also be disrupted during this time. (2) Service Delay: We are currently experiencing longer load times for our online application. We apologize for this delay and appreciate your patience.
More details about the upcoming network outage

Choose a Topic

Choose and Develop a Topic

  • Think about your topic in terms of a question.
  • Pick out the important terms or keywords from it.
  • Come up with other related terms or synonyms

For example:


  • How does binge drinking effect college students?
  • What effect does violence in the media have on children?
  • How do state laws differ on the death penalty?


  • binge drinking, college students
  • violence, media, children
  • state laws, death penalty

Synonyms / Related Terms

  • alcohol, young adults
  • TV, movies, youth
  • execution, capital punishment

Use your keywords and related terms to develop your search for sources on your topic.

Using Boolean logic to refine a search in online databases:

For example:

  • alcohol and college (tells the computer to search for sources which contain the words 'alcohol' and 'college')

Using truncation to find all forms of a word

For example:

  • violen? and school? (tells the computer to search for the words 'violence' and 'violent' and 'school' and 'schools')
  • Be sure to check the HELP in the database you are searching to be sure that truncation is allowed and what the symbol for it is. (Some databases use an * rather than the ?)