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a wealth of information related to the Sociology Discipline

Coming Up with Search Terms

Search Strategies

1.   Brainstorm keywords and synonyms. Examples...  

  • technology
  • social media
  • Facebook
  • biotechnology
  • radio frequency identification

2.   Use AND to focus your search on a smaller result set. Examples... 

  •  social media AND teenagers
  •  technology AND medicine AND benefits
  •  nanotechnology AND risks

3.  Use OR to link synonyms and gain a larger result set. Examples... 

  • Facebook AND [teenagers OR adolescents OR youth]
  • technology AND [overuse OR addiction]

4.  Put quotations around your terms for exact searches
          Example: "self esteem"
                       "single sex classroom"
                        "learning environment"