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Child Development 125

1. Identify Main Concepts

  • Break down your topic or research question into keywords
  • Example:Topic: What are the financial benefits of solar panels?
  • Keywords: financial, benefits, solar panels

2. Identify Alternative Keywords

  • Brainstorm
  • Read the Wikipedia article on your topic
  • Use a  thesaurus 

3. Combine Your Keywords

Search Strategy Builder

The Search Strategy Builder is a tool designed to teach you how to create a search string using Boolean logic. While it is not a database and is not designed to input a search, you should be able to cut and paste the results into most databases’ search boxes.

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List alternate terms for each concept.

These can be synonyms, or they can be specific examples of the concept.

Use single words, or "short phrases" in quotes

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