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Search Strategies
To find electronic information on a web page or in a database , you must use keywords to describe your topic.  Keywords can be combined to form an effective search strategy that allows powerful search engines to locate information on your topic.   
Begin by first identifying main concepts, or keywords and synonyms describing your topic. Some keywords will need to be linked together with Boolean operators to form an effective search strategy.
Keywords
Research statement

keywords

"I plan to research how divorce affects parenting"

divorce     parenting

An effective search strategy would be:  divorce AND parenting

 
Searching for Electronic Information
Internet search engines, online databases and electronic resources have unique search features to help you combine your keywords and search effectively.   To learn more about these searching tools click on a link below:
Key Words Search Engines

Boolean operators            

limiting searches 

phrase searching

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This web page prepared for you by Tri-County Community College Library Staff.  Last updated on July 21, 2006

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