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ENSC 499: LRES Capstone


This guide will provide access to resources from the MSU Library as well as other important links to outside resources for students in ENSC 499.

Google Search Tips

Search within a Specific Site or Domain
Precede your query with site: if you know you want your answer from within a specific site or type of site (.org, .edu). For example: site:edu or

Search by File Type
Search for specific types of files, such as PDFs, PPTs, or XLS, by adding filetype: and the 3-letter file abbreviation.

Include or Ignore Words and Characters in Your Search
Highlight common words and characters such as the and & if they are essential to your search (as in a movie or book title) by putting quotation marks "the" around them. You can also use the minus - sign to specify particular items you don't want in your results, like ingredients in a recipe.

Similar Terms
Get results that include synonyms by placing the ~ sign immediately in front of your search term. A search for Christmas ~dessert recipes, for instance, will return results for desserts, along with candy, cookies and other treats.

Other Tips and Tricks

  • Minus sign for NOT. ex hellbender –movie
  • Hellbender or Hellbender to search either a specific domain or a specific website
  • Quotes for exact terms “eastern hellbender”
  • Asterisk as a wildcard place holder  eastern hellbend* will return hellbends, hellbender, hellbending, etc.
  • OR use OR between search terms to find one of several words salamander OR hellbender

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