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A list of all programs, guides, and other information about writing, anywhere at JHU.
Last Updated: Dec 9, 2014 URL: http://guides.library.jhu.edu/writing Print Guide RSS Updates

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Tips & Tricks

1. Use truncation or stemming to find words with varying endings:

theat* finds:
theater, theatre, theatrical


Characters used vary by database; the most common are *, #, !, or ?. Look for "Help" to find which character to use.

2. Use wildcards to find words that vary by a single letter:

wom?n finds:
woman, women


Look for "Help" to find which character to use.

 

Featured Series

Here are some book series with examples of excellent writing:

There are several others series like these, too.

The easiest way to find books about writing is to go to the library catalog, and put the words best and writing in the TITLE.

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The Best Business Writing 2013
ISBN: 0231160755
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Combining Search Words

Use "AND" to narrow your search (usually by combining terms representing different concepts).

Use "OR" to broaden your search (usually by combining synonyms or terms related to the same concept).  

EXAMPLE:
What are effective methods for teaching reading to students with ADHD?

(attention deficit disorders OR attention deficit hyperactivity disorder OR ADHD)
AND

(teaching methods OR classroom techniques)
AND

reading instruction

To see this technique in action, watch the below video by emilyatchemlib:

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