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Getting Started

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?
  • Company websites can be a good start for gathering background information & keywords, but keep in mind that they are usually there to market their services.
  • Is there a way to narrow or expand your topic using keywords? These will become your search terms.
    Example Thesis: "The oil from some ornamentals can be used as effective pesticides. "
    Example Keywords: Oil, Ornamentals, Pesticides
  • Brainstorm additional search terms by finding words with similar meanings.
    Example 1, Keyword "Ornamentals": plants (wider term), marigolds (more specific term)
    Example 2, Keywords "Pesticide": poison, weedkiller, insecticide, herbicide (related words)
     
 

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