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LEAP: Technology & Waste


1. We will learn how to search with concepts instead of single keywords (using synonyms, related terms, and boolean operators)

2. Using the scholarship of a single or multiple STEM disciplines, we will perform techniques of a scoping review to survey the current literature on your topic(s).

3. We will talk about how a scholarly article acts and feels -and how to take advantage of this format for quick research

Science, Technology, Engineering & Math Scholarship

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From a scholarly perspective, like STEM for example, how can you quickly see what matters about your team's problem/issue, and potential solutions?  I can't read all of the articles, how can I quickly get the main point as I go? What can I do with all of this information so the team project can move forward?

Engineering Village Many engineering, science, technology (and math) journals exist in this one location where you can search them all at once.  See databases below for specific fields of study

Engineering Databases Listing

and don't forget to always try:
The Library Catalog (USearch)

Aughh!! APA! Help!
The Online Writing Lab at Purdue famously puts together my favorite APA guide -with samples. Here's their sample of citing an article:

Author, A. A., Author, B. B., & Author, C. C. (Year). Title of article. Title of Periodical, volume number(issue number), pages.

Baniya, S., & Weech, S. (2019). Data and experience design: Negotiating community-oriented digital research with service-learning. Purdue Journal of Service-Learning and International Engagement, 6(1), 11–16.

Keywords & Concepts Search Help

Getting an effective search through on a database with millions of sources is helped a ton by AND, OR, NOT operators.  Lots of examples below, but AND is the most common:

Solar AND "clean water"
Solar AND ("clean water" OR "culinary water" OR "potable water")

(Solar OR photovoltaics) AND ("clean water" OR "culinary water" OR "potable water")

(Solar OR photovoltaics) AND ("clean water" OR "culinary water" OR "potable water") NOT sewage

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