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Searching Strategies Using Key Words

If you are going to Google, do it correctly or not at all!

Practice doing it correctly!

It is important that you develop excellent searching strategies when looking for information online or in an online library catalog.  Today we will practice identifying key words to make your searches more successful.  Successful searches give you results that are:

  • relevant to your research question
  • reliable
  • accessible 

If you are going to search for information using Google, there are techniques you must learn and use, or you will find information that is not relevant, not reliable, and not readable; in other words, TRASH.  The strategies we teach you during this research project will help you when using any database or search engine.  Today, we will practice.

Read each research question.  Think about what you might know about the topic.  Decide upon 3-5 key words you might use to search for information that will help you answer each question.

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