Module 1
Ask Good Questions
Module 2
Finding Information
Module 3
Selecting the Best
Module 4
Putting it Together
Module 5
Your Presentation
Module 6
Making the Grade

Choosing keywords that quickly find the information you need saves time. This section will help you begin your research by identifying key words to assist in your investigation. 

Directions: Begin with #1 and work through#4 below.

#1 video image Watch these two short videos, Developing Keywords and How to Search Using Keywords to learn about databases, search engines and keywords.
#2 Participate in this Boolean Searching tutorial to learn how to search effectively using the search operators and, or, not  Learn how to combine search operators in this Advanced Boolean Searching tutorial.
#3 Complete Sections 1- 5 of Prepare Before You Search: Searching 101. Save or print your results as you work through the quizzes and tutorials.

Look at this Padlet example,  Internet Privacy Search terms. We created this Padlet wall to brainstorm keywords for our sample research project.

Padlet is a brainstorming tool to use on your own or with a group. Use Padlet to brainstorm your own wall of keywords that you can add to at anytime.

  • First, click on Padlet.
  • Click on Build a wall
  • Follow the screen directions.
  • Create a wall of stickynotes of your brainstormed key words by clicking on the wall.
  • Share the URL of your brainstormed keywords with your teacher.

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