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ENC 1101 - Prof Bennett

Develop a Search Strategy

To effectively search the library catalog or databases for relevant information, it is important to develop a search strategy. After choosing a topic, the next step is to develop a research question. A research question will help you identify keywords. What is a keyword? A keyword is a specific term which describes an event, person or place. Keywords help you find information in a catalog or database. Once you have selected a keyword or keywords, brainstorm to identify synonyms and related terms. Using different search terms will help you find more information on your research topic.  

Topic: Facebook

Research Question: How does social media usage affect personal privacy?

Keywords: "social media" and privacy

Related Terms: Social Network and Confidentiality

Steps to develop a  search strategy