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Science 6 Environmental Issues Research Guide: Research and Citation Aids

Tips for Strategic Searching:

SELECT research questions and search tools : have one or more questions that get to the core of what they want to find out in their search. Choose search engines and resources that are most relevant to what they are looking for.


EXTRACT keywords and terms: You can find effective keywords by highlighting the key terms from their research questions.


APPLY search strategies: Apply some of the search strategies they learned – for example, adding quotation marks or a minus sign, or specifying what type of information you need.


RUN your search: Run a search on the terms you have chosen and review the results. Remember  you should always check multiple sources.


CHART your search: You can avoid repeating work you have already done by jotting down what you have searched for and where you have searched for it.



Modified from: Strategic Searching (6-8). (n.d.). Retrieved January 10, 2017, from