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Spencer Intro to Research and Statistics HSERV268: Search Strategies

Find your Keywords

When searching the databases for articles, do not type in whole sentences. After finding your topic, use some of the questions under the Find a Topic page to formulate search questions. 

e.g. Topic: Fracking should(n't) be banned.

Feel free to make your topic a little more specific: e.g. Fracking should(n't) be allowed in National Parks.


Fracking and History

Fracking and Debate

Fracking and Benefits

Fracking and Negative Effects

Fracking and Economy

Fracking and Environment

Fracking and Public Opinion


Think of words that mean the same thing or something similar to your topic and try searching those words too. 

Fracking : Hydro Fracking; Hydraulic Fracturing; Hydraulic Fracking 


if you want to search for other persuasive articles (outside of CQ Researcher and Opposing Viewpoints) add an additional term such as Editorial, Opinion, Debate, Commentary etc. 

AlmaPrimo Advance Search

Make sure when using AlmaPrimo to limit your results to articles and your start date to 2018

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