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LING 282: Structure of Chinese (HC) Fall 2016

Linguistics 282 (Shizhe Huang) Fall 2016

Linguistics 282: Structure of Chinese

Use this guide for information on how to find scholarly linguistics sources, including reference sources, books, articles, and corpora.  Also use the guide to find information on how to improve your web searching and general search strategies.

Background & Overviews

Finding Articles & Dissertations

Finding Books

Use TRIPOD to find books and other material owned by the Tri-College libraries.

Use WorldCat to find books not held by the Tri-College libraries.

In order to find books in either catalog, conduct a relevant:

Keyword Search (models on which to base your own searches):

(See the Search Tips tab for more information on how to construct keyword searches.)

Or Subject Search (models on which to base your own searches):

Or Combined (using Advanced Search):

         (Use the Browse Books & More link or use the Advanced Search function [limited to the subject field] to find additional subject headings.)

Corpora

Web Searching

Searches on the Open Web can often return irrelevant or non-scholarly results.  Try limiting your search by various domains, or narrow your search using these search tips:


Search any one of multiple terms (as opposed to searching all terms, which is the default):

Limit your search by domain:


Limit your search to words in the title:


Remove unwanted results:


Additional Tips for Searching

Use the the Google Advanced Search screen to conduct advanced searches including, but not limited to, those on the left.


See Google's Cheat Sheet for further tips on constructing and refining your searches.


See Nancy Blachman's GoogleGuide for even more tips.

Keyword Searching

In order to limit overly broad searches (that result in too many results), or to expand ovelry narrow searches (that result in too few results), use Boolean operators (AND, OR, NOT), which allow one to limit or expand searches depending on his or her needs.

For example, a search for Resnais AND Holocaust will return items that contain both "Resnais" and "Holocaust":

 

Resnais OR Holocaust returns items that contain either "Resnais" or "Holocaust" or both:


Resnais NOT Holocaust returns items that contain "Resnais" but not "Holocaust":




Phrase searching:

An important strategy for one to employ when researching phrasal concepts (e.g., "European Union") or conducting known-item searches for titles:

For example, Hiroshima Mon Amour will search for Hiroshima AND Mon AND Amour.

However, "Hiroshima Mon Amour" in quotation marks will search for Resnais' film of the same name.

 

Nested Searching:

When pairing two or more keywords with another keyword, it is helpful to "nest" the former terms within a larger Boolean search.

For example, (memory OR nostalgia) AND Resnais will return results for Resnais and any one (or both) of the parenthetical terms. 

(Many catalogs or databases will have an "advanced search" option, which provides multiple search bars to facilitate nested searching.)

 

Truncation and Wildcards:

Most catalogs and databases enable users to search variations of keywords by using truncation (*) or wildcard (e.g., ?, $, !) symbols.

For example, one could search for politic* to find poltic, politics, political, politicking, and so on.

Wildcard searching works similarly: a search for t??th will return results for teeth, tooth, tenth, and so on.