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Creating a Search Strategy

Do you need some help with beginning your research? 

The research process is much easier if you follow a few simple steps. Do you need some help getting started on your research?

See the links below for printable examples and for more information. 

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

About Search Strategies

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.

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 educational institutions .edu sites)
            site:.gov    (will only show U.S. government .gov sites
            site:.org     (will only show nonprofit .org sites)

Last updated on May 10, 2024 3:06 PM