"Only librarians like to search; everyone else likes to find." Roy Tennant [librarian]
Because these resources are created by different organizations, they don't all look or function in the same way. The good news is that there are key searching skills that can be used in all of these online resources to help you connect quickly to the information you need. This tutorial describes five steps for successful searching.
The key to successful searching is good preparation. There are two parts to this first step. First, before starting to search, take just a moment to analyze your search topic. Write a sentence describing what you are looking for. Then identify:
Next, make a list of words you can use to express each of your main concepts. As you do this, consider:
Example: Shown in the table below.
|Broad term:||substance abuse|
Example: Some synonyms for drug are dope, narcotic, opiate.
If you can't think of additional search words:
Practice identifying key concepts for searching. Try one of these:
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