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BHS_English 9B Research: 2. Tips for Researching

Strategies for your Search

STEP 2:  INFORMATION SEEKING STRATEGIES

Ask, "What are all the possible sources to check on my topic?  Which sources will have the best information?"

Remember that it is your responsibility to evaluate your sources carefully.

How to Research

How to research your topic:

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Break Down Your Topic into Concepts

Databases have difficulty searching for sentences and plain language text. Search by using the most important terms in your topic. For instance, your topic or research topic may be "The complete legalization of marijuana would benefit society."  Many of the words in this sentence would confuse a database search. By ignoring pronouns, prepositions, and other unimportant words, you will be left with the key words to use in your search. Begin by crossing out the unimportant words and focusing on the key concept terms:

"The complete legalization of marijuana would benefit society."

When searching for articles on this topic in a database, simply use the terms:

legalization
marijuana
benefit (use quotation marks to search this as a phrase)

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Try using DRESS CODE

What Are Databases and Why You Need Them

Keyword Searching