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English 102 Wasson Spring 2017: Home

Activity 1: Developing a Search Strategy

1. Add your current research question to this site.

2. On the same site, add 4 or 5 keywords that you associate with your research question and that you would use to search for sources in a database or search engine. The keywords should be the most important words, issues, ideas, or concepts related to your question.

3. Finally, add another comment listing 2 or 3 academic subject areas that might be relevant to your research question.

Activity 2: Exploring the Information Ecosystem

1. Search Google for a credible source that helps you explore some aspect of your research question. This source might be an organizational website, a social media page, a news article or video, etc.

2. How did you decide that the source you found was credible? What specific aspects of the source do you need to evaluate to determine its level of credibility or reliability?

3. Click on Subject Guides on the library's homepage. Which guides do you think will be most relevant for your research?

4. Click on the Any Topic Guide and then the EBSCO Academic database. Use your keywords to find 1 scholarly article that helps you explore some aspect of your research question. How can you tell the article is scholarly? How do you obtain the full text of the article?

5. How does searching EBSCO Academic differ from searching Google? List at least 2 differences.