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Keywords and Searching

Helping students understand how to find and use keywords in databases

courtney hicks

on 1 October 2018

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Transcript of Keywords and Searching

NWCC Learning Resource Center
If you still need help...
Ask a Librarian

Do NOT use full sentences
Database Search Tips
Limit Results
Do NOT ask a question
For Example:
Is fast food causing obesity in the United States?
fast food AND obesity AND United States
Only Full-text Articles
Article Type
What is a keyword?

are your topic's
main ideas
most important concepts
. This might also include synonyms or more broader/more specific wording.
It is good to have some alternate keywords or synonyms....Consider the following
Fast Food
junk Food
fast food restaurants
Overweight people
Calorie counts
Consider limiting by the criteria below:
Text a Librarian: 662-562-0083
So...what do you do after you find an article?
1. Read the abstract
2. Analyze the information
The Research Process
The timeliness of information
When was the information published?
Is there a possibility that the
information has been updated?
Does your topic require current information?
The importance of information
for your needs
Does the information relate to your topic or answer your research questions?
Have you looked at a variety of sources before determining this is the one you will use?
The source of the information
Who is the author?
Where is the article published?
What are the author's credentials or affiliations?
The reliability, truthfulness, and correctness of content
Is the information supported by evidence?
Has the information been reviewed?
Does the language or tone seem unbiased and free of emotion?
The reason the information exists
Is the purpose of the information to inform, teach, entertain, or persuade?
Is the information fact or opinion?
Are there political, cultural, religious, or personal bias?
Do violent video games promote aggression and violence in teens?
video games AND violence AND teenagers
What is a database?
A searchable collection of records
A discovery tool that helps you find
reliable information
Steps in the Research Process
Identify Your Topic

Gather Background Information
Focus Your Research/Locate Materials
Evaluate Your Sources
Background Information
Get a broad overview of the subject or topic
Use online encyclopedias and reliable websites
Get more focused, in-depth, or
historical background on the topic
Use chapters in books about the topic
Focus Your Research

Gather up-to-date, current information
Use appropriate periodical information from magazine and newspapers
Gather in-depth, focused information on your topic
Search for research studies, surveys, and experiments in scholarly journals
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