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CASC 352 - Issues in Workshop Leadership: Library Day Resources

Resources and Tutorial to support the work of CAS 352 Workshop Leaders

Here are the collaborative documents and class specific resources for your class.

Spring 2023 with Kyle T.

Boolean Operators

Boolean Operators are short words used to combine search terms in logical operations. Most databases, discovery layers and search engines recognize them and use them to to bring search results that fulfill the requested operations.The most common are AND, OR and NOT. They are written in capitals to differentiate them from regular keywords. 

Check the image below to understand how each of them affects the results of your searches. Parenthesis are used to combine different sets of instructions and to signal the order in which they should happen. 


Including BIPOC Voices

News stories

Try searching for news stories featuring BIPOC educators, then locate the original research.

Example Google search:"student burnout" education research news

Some news stories will link to the original research; if not, search DiscoverUR with some keywords from the news article and the author's name.

Database Filters

Lists of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) & Minority-Serving Institutions (MSI):

Try including the names of these schools in filters; the name of the filter may differ by database. Some examples from the databases we're using: 

  • Author affiliation (APA PsychInfo)
  • Research organization (Dimensions)
  • Affiliation name (Scopus)

Looking forward to the future...

Some organizations are beginning to track race and ethnicity in an effort to reduce bias. For more information, check out this article from Nature.

Limiting to Open Access

Open Access Journals

Preprints in Education (not Peer Reviewed)


  • Use Open Access limits in databases like DiscoverUR, Dimensions, Scopus and
  • Use US Government documents.