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Identify your key concepts and the terms relevant for each

What nonhuman primate have you chosen?

Terms that will retrieve books and articles discussing the concept of captivity, e.g.

   zoo or zoos or captivity or captive (search for zoo OR zoos OR captiv*)

   Western lowland gorilla* (or just gorilla*)

Search for books and A/V

Tips:

   Use a ? after the name of your primate and any other search terms that could have alternate endings, 

      e.g. gorilla?  /   captiv?

   Do an Advanced search

Search for journal articles

Tips:

   Use * after the name of your primate and any other search terms that could have alternate endings, 

      e.g. japanese macaque*  /   captiv*

What You Need to Know About Citation

Citation is stating where you got your information.

The reasons you cite:

  • To give credit where credit is due – to avoid plagiarizing
  • To give information about a source so people (i.e. your instructor) can find it

You need to cite:

  • In the paper (in-text citations)
  • At the end (reference list)

APA, MLA or Chicago citation formats

Article Searching Tips

Finding too much?

  • Use AND between ideas to search for BOTH terms
  • Put “Quotation Marks Around Your Search" to search for exact phrases

Finding too little?

  • Use OR between your ideas to search for EITHER term
  • Put * after the root of a word to look for multiple endings

For better searching, think of multiple ways to describe your topic

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