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ENG 111: College Composition I - Born a Crime (AL)

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Magazine, newspaper, and journal articles focus on a specific aspect of a topic, so what you type into the search box should also be specific.

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

What can be done to address the effects of institutional racism on the health of Black Americans?

Type AND between each concept institutional racism AND health AND Black
Use "quotation marks" around phrases "institutional racism" AND health AND Black
Use related terms and synonyms "institutional racism" AND health AND African American
"institutional racism" AND health AND insurance AND Black

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  • Type the word   AND  between each new concept:  identity AND multiracial
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