Through research, you will answer your question/prove your statement.
Making a list will help you map out what you already know, and may also aid you in figuring out where your weak points are.
This probably became quite clear as you made the list in bullet point one. Where are the holes in your argument? What information are you lacking? What could strengthen your argument?
Use with the library catalog and research databases. They also work with search engines.
|Operator||Changes Your Search Results||Example|
|AND||narrows search||actors AND theater AND criticism|
|OR||expands search||theater OR theatre|
|NOT||narrows search||criticism NOT review|
|*||expands search||perform* finds perform, performance, performer, performers...|
Narrow your search. Use more specific terms to describe what you are looking for:
Use the specific term heart disease, instead of the general term health
Add more terms to your search using AND:
actors AND theater AND criticism
Tells the database that you only want items that contain ALL of the terms
Exclude words from your search using NOT:
criticism NOT performance
Tells the database that you want everything that contains the words heart disease and diet but you don't want anything that contains the word cookbook
Broaden your search. Use less specific terms to describe what you are looking for
Search for synonyms and related terms using OR:
theater OR theatre
Think of different words to describe your topic:
theatre, performance, criticism, playwright
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