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ENG: College Composition : West Potomac High School Dual Enrollment (Alexandria)

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Select  EVERYTHING  (above the search box) or the "Advanced Search".  This will search multiple library databases simultaneously, and will include results from many sources, including magazines, newspapers, books, and scholarly journals.  If you just want scholarly articles, be sure to filter your results to Peer-reviewed journals.

What to Type in the Search Box:

Use your initial topic idea, research question, or topic sentences as a starting point to identify keywords and concepts:

Do the health benefits of high school football outweigh the risks?

Type AND between each concept

health AND benefits AND high school AND football

health AND risks AND high school AND football

Use "quotation marks" around phrases

health AND benefits AND "high school" AND football

health AND risks AND "high school" AND football

Use related terms and synonyms

physical fitness AND "high school" AND football

self-esteem AND "high school" AND football

injuries AND "high school" AND football

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The Library Catalog EVERYTHING/Advanced Search will search most of the content of library databases, such as the ones listed below. 
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