We'll use these links in today's library instruction session:
Library Databases take a little more work to search than, for instance, Google. Breaking your topic up into key concepts prepares your topic to be searched in a library database. It also makes your research more efficient and decreases the chance that you'll be up at 3am wondering how the heck you found that one perfect article that is now lost.
Use the topic handout to keep track as you go along. (Here's a blank one you can print out.)
Example topic: Fast food causes health risks in children
Key concepts: 1) fast food, 2) health risks, and 3) children
Once you've broken your topic into key concepts, write those key concepts in the top box of two of the columns (see the example below). Then, brainstorm additional keywords to use in your search. Try to find at least a couple additional keywords related to each key concept. It's good to find synonyms as well as broader and more narrow keywords for concept.
Once you've brainstormed your keywords, you'll connect them together using the words AND and OR:
Once you've brainstormed your keywords, you can use them to search one of our databases (see below).
Quick access to Nielsen Library's best databases for issues-based research:
Links to help you with Paper #3 and research assignments for all courses:
Content and Purpose