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Where Do I Start?

Develop a Search Strategy:

  • Write your topic of interest as a question.
  • Think of as many keywords or concepts (not whole sentences) as you can to describe your topic. Notice more words, subject headings, and descriptors that you find as you search the databases.
  • Combine the terms for your online searching using Boolean Logic (AND, OR, NOT) to get more relevant sources.

  • Think about what you already know about your topic. What more do you want to know?

  • Take time to explore what kind of information is available.  See what others have published in books or periodical articles.

  • Be open to new ideas:  Modify your topic as you discover more information.  Collect citations as you go to look at later.


  • Research is a process. 

  • It takes time to search and to think about what you find and how it fits with your topic.


Looking for a Topic to Research?

Try your textbook, your syllabus or one of the news sites linked below.


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Use Linfield Libraries Search to explore a topic in books and articles across the disciplines.  Use E-Shelf to collect articles as you go.

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