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Library Basic Research (ENG 101/103, SPH 131)  

Basic introduction to library use and the research process
Last Updated: Jul 24, 2017 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

3. Choosing Keywords Print Page

Keyword Self-Quiz

Test your keyword skills! 

Find Synonyms: Roget's II Thesaurus


From Question to Keyword

Video courtesy of University Libraries, University of North Carolina Greensboro.


How Should I Search in a Database?

Video courtesy of Northeastern Illinois University Library

Refining Your Search

Principles of Searching

What to do when you get ...

Too Many Results                             Too Few Results
use more terms (with AND)    <-->   use fewer terms (or use OR)
use more specific terms         <-->   use broader terms
use search limits                     <-->   don't use limits
search specific fields              <-->   use "keyword" searching (search all fields)


Generating Search Terms Video

Tutorial copyright from Cooperative Library Instruction Project

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