As you learn about and employ specific research strategies keep some more general concepts in mind.
Using multiple sources allows you to:
Keywords are words or phrases that describe your research topic. They are used to search for information in the catalog or in databases. When searching for information, you want to employ a variety of search terms because there are multiple ways of describing the same topic.
Start with a question that summarizes and focuses your research topic and identify key concepts associated with the question. Then, generate a list of synonyms and related terms.
Example: "How can educators implement service learning in rural schools?"
Identity synonyms for key concepts.
|administrators||civic engagement||nonurban agricultural areas||academies|
Identify related concepts: education, policies, procedures, applied learning, projects, student engagement, staff time, community support, community needs
Tools and Strategies
Most databases offer tools to help you retrieve relevant information. Look for limiting options (date, type of publication, etc.) before and after conducting a search.
Tools to use in combination with your search terms to narrow or broaden your search.
Use the Boolean Machine to see a visual representation of what happens with each operator.
Mining Reference Lists
Find the sources that your article used to write the paper, these help to lend credibility to the article and provide you the ability to find other sources regarding your research topic.