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CST (WO): Search Strategy

Identify Keywords

Use keywords to search for books and articles.       *******

To get keywords, think about the main ideas of your topic. 

     For example:  How do you care for an 8 week old puppy?

     Remember, computers will search for every word that you type into the

     search box, so try to keep your search simple - just a few words. 

Now, let's take each of the main ideas (in red) and come up with some synonyms or related ideas:

care -- food, veterinary care, exercise, training

puppy -- dog, specific breed

Do this with your topic, and you will have some keywords to begin your search with!

Create a Search Strategy

Next, combine any one of the keywords from each group using AND. 


1.       puppy AND veterinary care

2.       German Shepherd AND training

Different combinations of search terms will give you very different results, so you may want to try several different search strategies to see which gives you the best results.