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Social Work Human Services 300 (Bradshaw)

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Selecting Keywords and other Search Tips

One of the greatest challenges in starting a new research project is deciding which search terms best describe your topic as you begin the search for resources.  Try to be really succinct/to the point and use just a couple of keywords instead of typing long sentences. The video explains all of this quickly (less than 2 minutes!), so please watch it now. Here are few more tips:

  • Enter keywords that represent your topic:   
  • Limit searches to two or three keywords:   Francis Perkins New Deal        
  • Don't search with sentences, questions, or long phrases.
  • Combine terms with OR to broaden:   United Farm Workers  OR  UFW (this would find items that cover United Farm Workers, UFW or both)
  • Combine terms with AND to narrow:  Mary Richmond  AND  Social Work (this would find items with both Mary Richmond and Social Work)
  • Place quotation marks around words you wish to be searched as a phrase: "Civil Rights" Whitney Young

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Keywords Video

Video by CRC Library