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Search Tips & Tricks

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Jennifer Hummel

on 3 August 2014

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Transcript of Search Tips & Tricks

Search Tips & Strategies
Using the following tips will minimize time and frustration.
It may seem like a race but slow down and do it right for the best finished product.
Choose something that interests you then ask yourself...
Topic Selection and Refinement
Key Words
Now What?
Think Outside the Box!
Boolean Operators
Phrases
Wildcard/Truncation Symbols
What's in a URL?
Google Advanced Search
I'll applaud anyone who get's this reference...
Any Questions?
WHO
might publish information about it? 
Who is affected by the topic? 
Do you know of organizations or institutions affiliated with the topic?
WHAT
are the major questions for this topic? 
Is there a debate about the topic? 
Are there a range of issues and viewpoints to consider?
WHERE
is your topic important: at the local, national or international level? 
Are there specific places affected by the topic?
WHEN
is/was your topic important? 
Is it a current event or an historical issue? 
Do you want to compare your topic by time periods?
WHY
did you choose the topic?  Do you have an opinion about the issues involved?
Write down the topic or subject of your paper in a sentence.
Cross out the words that aren’t important to the topic.
Circle the words that are most important in your sentence.
Polar Bears
Habitat
Melting Ice
Arctic Ocean
List the words:
Choose other words:
Ursus Maritimus
Endangered
Threatened
Climate Change
Icebergs (maybe just ice)
Poetry
Modernism
AND = All results with Modernism AND Poetry
OR = Results on Modernism OR Poetry
NOT = Results on Modernism NOT Poetry
Words “in quotes” will appear together!
Guinea Pigs
"Guinea Pigs"
Use these symbols to search many forms of the same word!
Wom?n
Woman
Women
Educat*
Education
Educational
Educator
Educators
Educated
.com – commercial website
.gov – government
.edu – educational
.org – organization
Polar Bears
Threatened
Global Warming
Floating Ice
Arctic Ocean
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