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ENC 1101 - Prof. Berzak: Search Strategy

Essay assignment

Search Strategy Builder

The Search Strategy Builder, from Arizona University Libraries,  is a tool designed to teach you how to create a search string using Boolean logic. While it is not a database and is not designed to input a search, you should be able to cut and past the results into most databases’ search boxes.

Create a Research Question

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 synonmyms and related terms. Using different search terms will help you find more information on your research topic.  

Topic: Facebook

Research Question: How does Facebook affect personal privacy?

Keywords: Facebook and Privacy

Related Terms: Social Network and Confidentiality

Steps to developing a search strategy