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COMP 2000 Advanced College Writing

Step 1: Turn Your Topic Into Keywords

Library databases do not search like Google, as they often don't understand natural language and may only return results containing all of the words that you typed in the search box. This means that you cannot type your entire research question/topic in the search box and always expect relevant results.

Instead, search the main concepts that describe your topic and use only those keywords (or related terms).

Step 2: Brainstorm Keywords

Once you know the main concepts of your research question or statement, you need to brainstorm keywords and related terms. Use synonyms or related terms to get more results about your topic.

Keyword activity: Poll Everywhere

Step 3: Boolean Operations


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