ENGLISH 1101 Course Materials

Searching 101

THINK first, SEARCH later.

  • What kind of resource are you searching for? (Book? Video? Website? Academic article?)  This tells you WHERE to search: Galileo, GIL, or in a web browser!
  • Are there other important things you need to consider?
    • Something written by a specialist?  Go for Peer Reviewed!
    • Something written during a specifc time? Check out the date range!
  • What information are you searching for?  This is where keywords come in.  Make a list. Check it twice!  (Don’t know anything about keywords? Watch that video right there! -->) 

Always remember: KEYWORDS are critical!

Here's an example.

My topic is "Females have brought a positive element to the military."

My keywords in this topic are "female" and "military" and maybe something like "benefit".

My "related words" lists might look like this:


military          positive           

woman (women)

soldier benefit
girl army


So I could mix and match - pick one word from each list and I could get great results from each search!  

OR - if I wanted to be even more specific, I could make a phrase: <"Female soldier"> and then add a word from my third list: <benefit>. My full search would look like this: <"female soldier" benefit>  

See how that works?

Keywords - A Quick Guide

Quick tips

Quick notes about creating a good search:

1) Don't pick search words that are too generic or broad - the best searches combine search words that lead to something specific!  (If I search for <"Smith"> in Google, what will I find?  Now what if I search for <"Susanna Smith" "Georgia Highlands College">?  See the difference?

2) "A", "An", and "The" are NEVER search words.

3) Remember to use quotation marks - turn that search word Smith into a search phrase "Susanna Smith" (or "apple butter" or "Falcons football" or "World War II")!

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