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Before you Begin: Know the Assignment
- What length is your final paper supposed to be?
- How many resources are required?
- What types of resources are required?
- When is the assignment due?
Before Searching: Develop a Strategy
- PRE-search several topics that you are interested in to see what kind of information is available. Will there be enough to support the assignment requirements?
- Is there a way to narrow or expand your topic using keywords? These will become your search terms.
- Example Thesis: "Pop artists used common images to challenge the idea that art should be serious."
- Example Keywords: "Pop artists", Common, Challenge, Serious
- Brainstorm additional search terms by finding words with similar meanings.
- Example 1, Keyword "Pop artists": modern artists (wider term), Andy Warhol (narrower term)
- Example 2, Keywords "Common": everyday, regular
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