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ELS Courses: Before You Search

Resources for the ELS center on the campus of Saint Joseph's University.
Also helpful for SJU students enrolled in ESL201 & ESL202 Composition & Critical Thinking.

Breaking up your topic with the right keywords

Sample research question:  Should we restrict the amount of violence the media is able to portray?

     Break up your research question into keywords that represent the main concepts:

  • Violence
  • Media
  • Restrictions

     Search for each keyword, connected with an 'AND', indicating you want results that discuss all the concepts:

             violence AND media AND restrictions

In many databases, they provide three lines for you, for three different concepts:

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