Small Group Sessions:
Wednesday Feb 8th 10:00-11:00 am Will be held in GRW 100 (Lounge on First floor, by Cafe 1905)
Wednesday Feb 8th 6:30-7:30 pm - Will be held in GRW 316
Thursday Feb 9th 2:30-3:30 pm - Will be held in GRW 316
Keyword searching utilizes the most important words from research question. Get rid of the small words and keep the main ideas. For example if you use one of the examples from the course syllabus: "Jesus' Attitude toward the Ritual Law of Judaism" .....the keywords or phrases would be Jesus, Ritual Law, and Judaism. Think about how to use those keywords in a search and if boolean operators would help.
Boolean operators define the relationship between search terms.
Here is a series of Venn diagrams to show you how the Boolean operators limit or expand searches.
After you have determined your keywords from your research question your search may begin!!
The video below describes how the keywords you've chosen are used to determine what will show up in your results. How that works in an academic database or the library's catalog is different than when conducting a Google search.
Evaluating information is crucial at all times, but especially so when you are conducting research. Below are some criteria in which to judge the sources that you find. Keep in mind that information needs vary greatly. There are times when you need the most up to date information such as in the sciences or medical fields but in historical studies examining the Authority, Bias, Depth and Relevance are going to be most important.
evaluation criteria originally created by Colby College http://libguides.colby.edu/evaluating