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Research Success for High School Students

STEP 4: DEVELOP A SEARCH STRATEGY TO FIND ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

SUMMARY: Nearly everyone is aware of and uses Google and its other services, Google ScholarGoogle BooksGoogle NewsYouTube, etc., to search and find information on the open Internet, but there are special tips and tricks you need to learn in order to easily searching for good information. Searching in the library databases and catalog using keywords, limiters, and boolean operators will yield higher quality scholarly resources for your paper.

Generating Keywords

Next, choose your KEY words for your research

To choose keywords for your search, look at your research question:

Are children who play video games more likely to be violent?

Choose words from within your question that are the most important to your search. So, in this example, you would choose "children," "video games," and "violent."
 


 

You can then use these words to search any of our databases. You might try typing "video games" in the first box and "violence" in the second search box. To narrow your results even further, try typing "children" in the third search box.

You can also try using alternative search terms for these keywords. Go to the "Using Alternative Keywords" tab of this LibGuide to learn more.

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