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AFM - Research and Referencing Skills  

Guide for AFM 1st Year Students, with special emphasis on those taking SPCOM 111 and/or AFM 121 (Winter 2014), focusing on Research and Referencing
Last Updated: Jan 4, 2017 URL: http://subjectguides.uwaterloo.ca/afm1b Print Guide RSS Updates

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This Guide is maintained for AFM 1st Year Students, with special emphasis on those taking SPCOM 111 and/or AFM 121 (Winter 2014), and focuses on Research and Referencing skills.

 

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Your WATCard is your Library card. Use it to borrow books from uWaterloo and other University Libraries as well as to remotely access the uWaterloo Library's electronic resources.

Remote Access to Electronic Resources at the uWaterloo Library

To access the Library's electronic resources (Research Databases, E-Journals,
E-Books, etc.):

 

Basic Searching Techniques

  • Choose an appropriate resource
    • Books
    • Articles
      • Research Databases
      • Specific Journals
    • Primary Sources
  • Break down your topic
    • imagine the title of the ideal book or magazine article
    • identify the key concepts
    • think of synonyms or alternate words for each of the key concepts
  • Use appropriate searching techniques
    • boolean operators (and, or, not)
    • phrase searching
    • truncation/wildcard symbols
    • field searching
    • setting limits
    • refining your search (using subject headings/descriptors and other terminology)

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