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English 102 Miles Spring 2017: Home

Activity 1: Developing a Search Strategy

1. Add 2 or 3 research questions related to your "hidden" group on this site. What are you interested in learning or discovering at this stage?

2. On the same site, add 4 or 5 keywords (in a single comment) that you associate with your research questions 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 questions.

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

Activity 2: Exploring Academic Sources

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

2. 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 one (or more) of your research questions. How can you tell the article is scholarly? How do you obtain the full text of the article?

3. Read the full abstract for the article you selected. How does the article relate to your research question(s)? Does it introduce any new questions for you, or point you in any new directions? Why or why not?

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


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