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Credo InfoLit Companion Guide: Searching For Information

CREDO Module 3

Searching For Information

Enhance your Search!

Use Boolean operators (ANDORNOT), to further limit ideas, concepts and topics. Try some of the following to refine your search:

  • argument
  • attitudes
  • benefits
  • confronting
  • crisis
  • criticism
  • data
  • debate
  • ethics
  • issues
  • outcomes
  • outlook
  • policy
  • prevention
  • projects
  • reform
  • rights
  • research
  • statistics
  • theories
  • trend
  • viewpoint

Remember to use "quotation marks" around phrases for better searching.

Creating a Search Strategy

The research process is much easier if you follow a few simple steps.  Print out the example and blank form from the links below.

Need help finding synonyms? Check http://thesaurus.com

Google Search Tips

Google Search Operators
      (adding symbols and words to your search)

Search Using Quotation Marks
      To search for a phrase, to find words side-by-side in a particular order
      Examples:        "United States"       "Civil War"

Search by Suffiix 
      To search for sites bearing a particular suffix, like .edu, gov., etc.
      After typing your search terms, type the following:
            site:.edu    (will only show .edu sites)
            site:.gov    (will only show .gov sites)

About Search Strategies