Exploring Topics Using Search Widgets
Global Issues in Context
Student Resources in Context
Before you jump right in
Before beginning your research, take a few minutes to jot down all of the key words that you can think of that might be associated with your topic. These might be synonyms, related concepts, government or non-profit groups that tie-in, maybe even laws, treaties, or acts that have been passed that relate to your topic.
You might gather other keywords by doing some/all of these things:
- Do a Google search
- Look at Wikipedia (yes, I said look at Wikipedia! It's a great way to mine keywords that you can check out using vetted or scholarly resources. Check out the hyperlinked documents in the wiki's citation list. There are some great ones there!)
- Read encyclopedia articles. Grolier is hyperlinked below. You can also use World Book by going through the TEL interface.
Keep this document with you whenever you are doing research. Add to it as you use the databases. Write down your search strategy, key words and phrases that you tried. It will help you to be able to refer back to see what worked and what didn't.