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CRHS_USGovtPol 12 Amendment & SCOTUS Case Analysis_Team: 2. Information Seeking Strategies

Strategies for your Search


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.

Use Smart Search Strategies

Tips to narrow your search results more quickly:

1.  Use "quotation marks" around the title of your Supreme Court case name to search for that exact string of words.

2.  Use "Advanced Search" options in databases--and on websites when available.  

  • Search in TITLE, rather than FULL TEXT
  • Limit the type of sources you want to see results for--such as REFERENCE, ACADEMIC JOURNALS, or PRIMARY SOURCES

Choose an Article with an Appropriate Reading Level

Gale and SIRS Databases (linked in this LibGuide both give information about Reading Level of their articles.  Use this information to select an article that you will be able to read and understand.

In Gale (US History in Context), Difficulty is indicated with a color/shape combination.  GREEN circle = basic, YELLOW square = intermediate, RED triangle = advanced.

In SIRS, Search Result summaries include a Lexile Level.  (You might know your Lexile Level if you have taken a MAP score recently.  Expected lexile levels for high school students range from approximately 1000-1350+.)