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Prof. Elias - Eng. 102; SPRING 2022: 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.

         Example:  

  • social or
  • society or
  • societal or
  • social aspects

         Example:  

  • family or 
  • familial or
  • family relationships or
  • family conflict or
  • family dynamics or
  • relatives or 
  • relations

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, ‚Äčfamil* yields results for: 

       family    families    familial    familiar

Example of a Database Search

Using Subject Terms

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

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