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HUM 115: Critical Thinking

Resources for completing HUM 115 Critical Thinking assignments.

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Use quotation marks to search for an exact phrase: 

  • “atomic bomb”      
  • “logical fallacy”   
  • “Martin Luther King”

Use an asterisk to search for multiple forms of a word:

  • teen* will find teen, teens, teenager, teenagers, etc.

Use AND or OR to connect search terms and phrases:

  • “atomic bomb” AND Hiroshima
  • "logical fallacies" AND advertising
  • (interview OR biography) AND "Martin Luther King"

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