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English 301: College Writing and Research: YOUR SEARCH

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After you select a topic for your paper begin thinking of your topic in "search terms," both subject terms and keywords. Here are the key activities on this page:

  • Watch the "Finding Sources" and "Selecting Keywords" videos to see the various ways the Libraries can help you find sources and search terms for your paper topic.
  • Learn about connector words such as "and" "or" "not" which can be very helpful in developing a search strategy. These connector words are referred to as Boolean although you may have learned them through Venn diagrams in High School. A description of searching using Boolean connectors is given below.
  • Complete the Assignment.

Understanding Boolean searching

Finding Sources

Use this link to go to the Canvas RIOT tutorial (module 2). 

Selecting Keywords

Use this link to go to Canvas RIOT tutorial (module 3).

Assignment - Your search strategy

Look at the attached "Search Term Development" worksheet, review the example provided (page 1), and then take a topic of your own and use the blank form (page 2) to develop your search terms.

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