What Researchers Do:
TOPIC – Define the research question/statement
SOURCES – Identify the information need (Do you need background info? A research article? A literature review article? etc.)
KEYWORDS – Select the words you will be using to find information effectively and efficiently (Use a variety of words to describe your topic/concepts. Find subject headings that relate to your topic/concept).
EVALUATION – Evaluate information critically. Is the info relevant, reliable, current, appropriate?
USE--Organize, synthesize and communicate information to make your point/argument.
CITE--Ethically and legally access and use info by avoiding plagiarism and citing all your sources.
Keyword Search Tips
Keywords - Enter starting keywords. Scan your results and identify relevant/useful articles.Notice the subject headings. Use these subject heading in your next search. Scan the abstract to get more vocabulary words to use in your next search.
Truncation - Use an asterisks * to get variations of a word. For example: cult* = culture, cultures, cultural
Using Boolean Operators for Keyword Searching
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