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Chemistry 162--Poster Assignment: Strategies for Searching for Information

This guide is a resource for Chemistry 162 taught by Aly Lambert

Building a Research Strategy

The first step in any research strategy is to know what information you are trying to find.  Start with a well-stated Research Question or Thesis Statement.  For instance, you might ask "How do chemical shark repellents work?"

Look for the key points or concepts in your question, then create a list of key words to use in searching for information. Group keywords that are similar concepts (synonyms) together.  Different concepts will be in separate columns.

KEYWORD 1

AND

KEYWORD 2

AND

KEYWORD 3 (optional)

Sharks

 

Repellents

 

Chem*

 

 

Look at the available databases and choose the one(s) most likely to have the information you need. 

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