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COSU 100 Library Assignment: Part 2: Developing Keywords and Search Strings

This guide provides resources to help you with your COSU 100 library assignment.

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Background Sources: Online Encyclopedias & Dictionaries

Background sources can help you learn the language related to your topic.  You may gather synonyms for the keywords in your topic and use those synonyms in your search strings.

Assignment Part 2: Developing Keywords and Search Strings

The information given in this section will help you to complete the second part of your library assignment.

  1. Identifying keywords related to your research question.
  2. Finding synonyms for your keywords.
  3. Creating search strings that use Boolean logic to locate library resources.

Identifying Keywords

This video tutorial walks you through how to identify keywords in your research question.

After viewing this tutorial, you should be able to complete the Assignment Part 2, Step 1. If you need more help, check out the resources listed in the right sidebar.

 

Finding Synonyms for Your Keywords

This video tutorial walks you through how and why to find synonyms for your keywords.

After viewing this tutorial, you should be able to complete the Assignment Part 2, Step 2.  Sometimes background sources can help you find synonyms.  Try looking up your topic using the background sources listed on the left sidebar.

 

Creating Search Strings

This video tutorial walks you through how to identify keywords in your research question.

After viewing this tutorial, you should be able to complete the Assignment Part 2, Step 3. If you need more help, check out the resources listed in the right sidebar.

 

More Help: Identifying Keywords

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More Help: Developing a Search Strategy