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What am I looking for? Learning to recognize what's useful or not.
Identify the aspects of the large concept (idea) that are RELEVANT to your search right now. Use these RELEVANT aspects to give you search terms (keywords) and to help you stay on track throughout your search process.
Remember that for your assignment you want to learn about this topic but you have limits.
- There is a due date that limits the time you can spend gathering, understanding, and absorbing information about the topic.
- There are space considerations including how many pages you have in which to express yourself, your ideas and the results of your research.
- Other assignment requirements may include how many and what types of sources you must use.
For all these reasons, it is important to identify the relevant aspects of the larger topic that most interest you, that you will emphasize in your work.
As a research, you will encounter - you should seek out - some of the various points of view on your chosen topic. As you consider each potential source, be open to uncovering the author's point of view on the topic. While you want to find evidence to support your point of view, the case you are making in support of your thesis, it is also important to seek out other points of view.
Remember that people differ in how strongly they feel about an idea or topic.
Remember that people can differ in their reasons for the way they feel about and think about a topic or idea.
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Search Strategy Builder
This tool is designed to teach you how to create a search string using Boolean logic. While it is not a database and is not designed to input a search, you should be able to cut and paste the results into most databases’ search boxes.