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Creating an Effective Search Strategy
- Start by writing a short description of your topic, such as:
Use of cell phones in the college classroom
- Next, identify the key concepts of your topic, and brainstorm alternate terms:
college: college, university, higher education
cell phones: cell phones, smartphones
- Use the asterisk (*) to find different variations of search terms:
college* matches results with: college or colleges
universit* matches results with: university or universities
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Go beyond Wikipedia. Search Reference eBooks to find definitions or overviews related to your topic.
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