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Boolean Searching

Take a moment to watch this YouTube video about Boolean Searching.  Knowing how to use the Boolean operators AND, OR and NOT, can help make you researching more efficient.

These Boolean Search Operators are most helpful when doing research, particularly on the internet.  Part of being a good researcher is knowing how to get to the best resources in the most efficient way possible.


    Romeo and Juliet Webquest


    Your Assignment for Today

    Hello to Mrs. Kanuga's Students.  

    I planned to talk to you today about Boolean Searching, using the Literature Resource Center and also the Gale Virtual Reference Library on line databases.   

    The databases are great sources that we pay for you to have access here at RBR for your assignments.  The GVRL (Gale Virtual Reference Library) has information from all subject areas, where the Literature Resource Center focuses on information you would need for English and Literature assignments.

    As you progress through this year and the next 3 years at RBR, you will be required to find Literary Criticism as well as other types of research for your assignments.

    Today,  I would like you to work on the following:

    1.  Watch the video link on Boolean Searching (in the Boolean Searching Box to the left)

    2.  Read the box on Literary Criticism at the bottom of this column, despite what it sounds like-it does not criticize the work!

    3.  Watch the two tutorials, one on the Gale Virtual Reference Library and the other on the Literature Resource Center.

    4. Get the assignment paper from Mrs. Kanuga who will clarify the instructions.

    5. When you finish your assignment, it will be 5 pages long,  The first page will be a word document with your 4 MLA source citations.  The next 4 pages will be the first page of each of your 4 sources (YOU CANNOT USE THE SAME SOURCE TWICE)


    To print the first page of your article, click the print preview option when the article is open. THEN USE YOUR KEYBOARD AND HIT CTRL P , only print the FIRST page of your source!

    When you open an article, the toolbar has an option to click that says Citation Tools or Cite, when you click that option, it will give bring up the citation from your source in MLA format.  Open a Word Document and copy and paste the citation into the work document.  YOU DO NOT NEED THE URL (WEB ADDRESS)


      What is Literary Criticism?

      "Criticism asks what literature is, what it does, and what it is worth."  -Encyclopedia Britannica

      Literary criticism analyzes, interprets, and evaluates works of literature. Though you most often find criticism in the form of an essay, in-depth book reviews may also be considered criticism. Criticism may analyze an individual work of literature. It may also examine an author’s body of work.

      Why study literary criticism? 

      Authors present us with work that can have multiple meanings, expecting us to consider thoughtfully - to interpret. Writers and critics build on each others' understanding of a work of literature in a kind of dialog. Good criticism can help us develop a better understanding of a work. In addition, it can help us develop a point of view about a work, whether or not we agree with the opinions of the critic.

      When looking at criticism, check for:

      • Credentials of the writer
      • Quality of the sources--journals, books, Websites

      Opinions supported by evidence, relating to:

      • Characterization
      • Voice
      • Style
      • Theme
      • Setting
      • Technical qualities of the writing (artistry, style, use of language)
      • Interpretation
      • Complex ideas and problems
      • Relationship of work to the time, or social, historical, or political trends

      When looking for criticism, AVOID:

      • Plot summaries, SparkNotes, Pink Monkey, Cliff's Notes, etc.
      • Casual posts on discussion groups
      • The works of other students
      • Author biography

      Gale Virtual Reference Library

      Watch this YouTube Video to show you some of the features of RBR's Gale Virtural Reference Library.  When it is time to do your assignment, you can search directly in the box below. 


      Literary Reference Center

      Watch this YouTube Video to show you some of the features of RBR's Literature Resource Center.  When it is time to do your assignment, you can search directly in the box below.


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