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ENG 111: College Comp I - People Who Made a Difference (WO): Search Strategy

Identify Keywords

To perform searches, you will need keywords.

             

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As you read about your person, identify keywords to use as search terms.  Good key words will lead you to information about the accomplishments of your person.  Remember, you are looking for evidence to persuade your reader of the importance of your person.

Let's practice brainstorming key words by looking at a sample topic... Rosa Parks

After some basic research, we see she was associated with the NAACP, the Montgomery Bus Boycott, and civil disobedience.  Each of the underlined terms works as a keyword as you search for more information about Mrs. Parks' accomplishments. 

Sample searches:

   1.  Rosa Parks AND "civil disobedience"

   2.  Rosa Parks AND NAACP

Hint:  Databases will search for every word that you type into the searchbox, so try to keep your search simple - just a few words.

Create a Search Strategy

Next, combine two keywords with AND. 

Sample searches:

   1.  Rosa Parks AND "civil disobedience"

   2.  Rosa Parks AND NAACP

Hint:  Databases will search for every word that you type into the searchbox, so try to keep your search simple - just a few words.