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Searching--Your Gateway to Accessing Information You Need
Searching and Search Engines--Your Gateway to Accessing Information You Need
Use Keywords to search - not sentences!
Keywords are the most important words in your topic.
Example topic: Do video games make teenagers violent?
- "video games"
Truncating a keyword or keywords can expand your search by finding variations of the word root.
|Usually an asterick
Identifying Keywords Tutorial
Find out more about selecting keyword in the Identifying Keywords Tutorial.
Search Strategy Videos
Choosing and Using Keywords
(3 minutes) This video covers developing keywords that you can use in the library's databases.
(3 minutes) Introduction to Boolean search operators for better search results in library databases.
Selecting and Using Keywords
(4 minutes) Another good tutorial on selecting keywords. This one has a particularly good metaphor for explaining how keywords improve search results.
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