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Prof. Rubenstein - Eng. 101 - SPRING 2022 CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE: Developing a Search Strategy

Using Keywords

Use keywords and synonyms:

Start by taking keywords directly from your thesis statement.

Use synonyms and related concepts by thinking of other words that mean the same thing as the keywords in your question.

          Ex. Civil disobedience or non-violent resistance

          Ex. Mahatma Ghandi or Mohandas Ghandi

          Ex.  law or legal

          Ex.  permit or allow

          Ex.  social or society

          Ex. reason or justification

Look at the subject terms in your search results and see if you can use any of those. 

Use truncation:

You can broaden your search results by typing an asterisk symbol  *  at the end of the root of a word. When you do this, the computer will search for alternative endings for the word you have typed.

For example, ​perm* yields results for: 

        ​permit      permits     permitted      permissible

        protest*    protests     protesting      protested    protestation           

        legal*        legalize      legalized     legalization  

        crim*        crime(s)      criminal(s)       criminalize      criminalization      

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