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Biology G9: Research & Searching Tips

Research Tips / Videos

EXPAND your keywords​​

  • Look at the subject headings of the materials you find and use those terms as applicable.
  • Take note of words you see used repeatedly and other ways the ideas are presented

Try this tool to find predefined terms:  click the green buttonThesaurus

Which "google" search will give better results?

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What are the effects of climate change or global warming on Thailand?

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"climate change" OR "global warming" thailand site:.edu

Here's how to craft a better search to get fewer and more relevant results:

  • Identify the main ideas in your research question. These are your keywords
        What are the effects of climate change or global warming on Thailand?
  • Use quotation marks around 2 or more words that need to be together.
         "climate change"  "global warming"
  • Limit your search to a specific domain, such as .edu, .gov, or .org.
           "climate change"  "global warming" thailand site:.edu 
  • Use nouns, not verbs or prepositions 

More information on Advanced Google and Google Scholar searching

Use Boolean Operators

BOOLEAN OPERATORS

  • For more precise searching, connect your keywords in a meaningful way using the words ANDOR, and NOT
  • Think of these connecting words as a bridge between keywords or concepts which allows you to narrow or broaden your search.

Try this online tutorial to understand how to use BOOLEAN Operators:

 

AND OR NOT Chart

 

 

 

 

 

How Wikipedia CAN be useful in the beginning stages of research:

IF a grade B or better, use the article for:

Check mark A basic overview of topic
Check mark Keywords, names, dates
Check mark Table of contents  > sub-topics
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References and External websites ...

but evaluate them to be sure!

Why and When NOT to use Wikipedia?

 The accuracy and authority questioned--lots of edits suggested

X  Research is missing

X  Biased article

X  Grade C or below

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