History: Muckraking (Cooke, Jacobs)

TIPS FOR CQ RESEARCHER AND SIRS


Tips for CQ Researcher

Check that the article is fairly recent (probably published in the last 5 years). Some topics will not have a recent article in CQ Researcher: In that case, skip to SIRS.

Do not print the entire report.

Choose MLA Citation in CQ Researcher:

Click Cite Now! on the top right side of the page.

Choose MLA from the Menu at the top of the box.

Copy and paste the MLA citation into your bibliography.

These are the most useful CQ menu items for this assignment:

CQ Report Menu Description. The most helpful items are: Overview (Statistics, stories), Current Situation (What's happening now), Outlook (Possible future solutions), Short Features (Articles about specific situations related to the topic), and Maps/Graphs (Visual graphics that fulfill the image requirements).

Tips for SIRS

Using the blue links at the top left, you can sort by date or relevance.

Check out the subject links at the bottom of the page. If a subject seems to fit your topic well, then click it for more relevant results.


These are the most useful SIRS menu items for this assignment:

SIRS Menu description: The best menu items for this assignment are: Newspapers, Reference, and Multimedia / Statistics.

General Search Tips


Quotation Marks

Use quotations to find an exact phrase. For example:

“body image”

“global warming”

“gun control”

“Supreme Court”


Truncation (using an asterisk *)

Try using truncation to get better search results. Truncation means that a symbol–usually an asterisk *–is added to the end of a word root. This asterisk tells the database to search for all forms of that word. For example:

If you type censor* in the search box, you will get articles with all instances of the word censor, such as:

censor

censors

censored

censoring

censorship

Note: using an asterisk to truncate does not work in the New York Times database.


Advanced Search and Sorting Results

Most databases provide links or a drop-down menu to sort by relevance or date.

Most databases have a link called Advanced or Advanced Search. Using Advanced Search, you can:

limit the date range

limit the document type

refine your keyword search