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Research Orientation: Start Your Research Here

Some definitions, tips, and suggestions to help you get oriented to Library research.

Search Strategy - Do You Have One?

By formulating a strategy, you are preparing yourself for a successful search experience. There are a just a few steps involved:

Focus your research by writing down your topic in the form of a question:

  • Are safe-injection sites good for our city?
  • Are violent video games harmful for children?

Highlight the main ideas in your topic or area of research.

  • Are safe-injection sites good for our city?
  • Are violent video games harmful for children?
  • Is there a gender bias in the language of business?

Do you have any keywords you want to search for as a phrase? Do any of your keywords have multiple endings?

PHRASES: video games

KEYWORDS with MULTIPLE ENDINGS: sites/site, violent/violence, harmful/harm/harms/harmed, child/children

There are special ways to search for phrases and multiple endings:

  • Phrases get wrapped in "quotation marks". Ex. "video games"
  • Multiple endings are capture by using * at the end of the word root. Ex. site*, violen*, harm*, child*

What synonyms or related ideas/concepts can you think of for the circled terms? Write them down.

  • See the box below

What kind of resources are you looking for?

  • Books?
  • eBooks?
  • Articles?
  • Media (movies, music)?

Keywords have POWER

Circle the keywords in your research question.

What synonyms can you think of for the circled terms?

Think about related concepts and ideas, narrower or broader terms, names of organizations or people.

Are safe-injection sites good for our city?

SAFE-INJECTION SITES OUR CITY

Insite
needle exchange
drug addiction
heroin addiction
harm reduction

Vancouver
municipal government
policies
bylaws
Metro Vancouver
Vancouver Coastal Health

Pivot Legal Society

Are violent video games harmful for children?

VIOLENT VIDEO GAMES    HARMFUL CHILDREN

aggressive
killing
murder

computer games
electronic games
Playstation
X-Box
first person shooters
Grand Theft Auto

bad
adverse

boys
girls
kids
tweens
pre-teens
adolescents
teens
teenagers

 

Is there a gender bias in the language of business?

GENDER BIAS LANGUAGE BUSINESS

sexism
female/male

preference
privilege
slant
prejudice

 

communication

corporate
company