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FYS 100 -- Japanese Culture -- Fall 2017: Class Activity : Search Strategies

Search Tips


Remember to think of possible:

  • Synonyms
  • Narrower Terms
  • Broader Terms
  • Related Terms

Creating Search Strategies

Research Question:

Is anime a worthwhile tool for learning and teaching people about Japanese culture?


1.) Begin by having the students identify KEY TERMS in the question and brainstorm a list of synonyms and related topics.

2.) Think Pair Share: Students will form groups of 2-3 students.

Each group will brainstorm keywords.

Each individual will search those keywords using Academic Search Premier  to find:

  • A Popular Article less than 3 years old
  • A Scholarly Article less than 3 years old

3.) Discussion: Groups will each send one representative to board to present their search strategy; discuss results

  • Discuss the importance of synonyms
  • Discuss database limiters such as date, full text, and peer reviewed.
  • Discuss Scholarly v. Popular.