1. Brainstorm keywords and synonyms. Examples...
2. Use AND to focus your search on a smaller result set. Examples...
3. Use OR to link synonyms and gain a larger result set. Examples...
4. Put quotations around your terms for exact searches
Example: "war on terror"
"House of Representatives"
Your instructor may also allow you to use websites as sources in your research.
The video below shows how to apply research techniques for more relevant results. Ask yourself, Who? What? Where? When? and Why? to evaluate the websites for
Check out the CRAAP Test from CSU Chico Meriam Library that looks at Currrency, Relevancy, Authority, Accuracy, and Purpose of websites.
Image source: https://www.library.illinois.edu/ugl/howdoi/informationcycle.html
Short video explaining how information and information sources change over time.
(source: University of Illinois Library)