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These resources will provide some background and help you identify terms specific to your topic.
To find a smaller set of results, try combining terms with AND. To find a larger set of results, try combining terms using OR. To find results that leave out certain words, use NOT.
Shortening of a word to its root and adding an asterisk to find results using all variations of the word.
Put quotation marks around two or more words to search by phrase instead of by the individual words (for example, "social media").
Write down words for what you already know about your topic. This helps you clarify what you need to know.
1. Ask an open-ended question (not a yes/no question) about your topic that can be answered by doing research.
2. Pick out the main terms in your question. These are your initial search terms.
3. Think of alternate words, or synonyms, for the main terms. These can improve your search results.
4. As you search for information sources, note the "official" subject terms used to describe resources on the topic. Using these can help you find additional relevant results.