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ENG 102: Class Activity : Search Strategies

Search Tips


Remember to think of possible:

  • Synonyms
  • Narrower Terms
  • Broader Terms
  • Related Terms

Creating Search Strategies

Research Question:

What are the effects of reading comic books on teenagers?


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

2.) Group work: Students will form groups of 2-3 tudents.

Each group will find the following to answer the question using  Academic Search Premier :

  • A Popular Article

  • A Scholarly Article

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.

Searching Databases

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