ENGL 200 - Expository Writing 2

Library Research Guide

Use Keywords

Good keywords are essential to good research. So it is a good idea to come up with a list of keywords before you even start researching. 

To do so, ask yourself three questions:

1. What do I know about my topic?

2. What do I want to know about my topic?

3. What do I not know about my topic?

List out the answers to those questions using single words or simple phrases. These will become your keywords. Be aware that these keywords may all change as you learn more information through your research. 

Be flexible! Different words work in different databases. 

Databases for Popular and Scholarly Articles

In addition to using Search It, use these databases to find scholarly and popular articles. 

Databases for Newspaper Articles

Use these databases to find newspaper articles.