Communication Studies 001 (Ames): Informative Speech: Search Strategies



Find as many keywords to describe your research topic as possible. If you are not finding what you are looking for, using different search terms may get you different results. 

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Searching term tricks

* Used to expand the word you are searching to include plurals. etc.

              Example: Pakis* gives you Pakistan, Pakistani 

"quotes"  Use for phrases     Example "Nobel Peace Prize"

OR  Use for either or searching       Example: Child or teen

And   Use to combine terms you want to have  Example: Educat* and Pakis*

Not  Use when you want to eliminate a word from your search (Warning: if you cut a word and it is in an article with words you want, you won't see that article!)