As you learn about and employ specific research strategies keep some more general concepts in mind.
Using multiple sources allows you to:
Keywords are words or phrases that describe your research topic. They are used to search for information in the catalog or in databases. When searching for information, you want to employ a variety of search terms because there are multiple ways of describing the same topic.
Start with a question that summarizes and focuses your research topic and identify key concepts associated with the question. Then, generate a list of synonyms and related terms.
Example: "How can educators implement service learning in rural schools?"
Identity synonyms for key concepts.
Identify related concepts: education, policies, procedures, applied learning, projects, student engagement, staff time, community support, community needs
Consult the library's Research 101 Guide for more information on searching. Topics include:
Tools to use in combination with your search terms to narrow or broaden your search.
Terms assigned to sources by catalogers, conducive to more precise searching.
Mining Reference Lists
Find out if the library owns sources cited in a source's reference list.
Find out who is citing a source after it is published.