You can also try re-phrasing your topic to explain it to a friend or someone who doesn't know as much as you do about it.
If you haven't picked a topic, visit the "Choose a Topic" page on the Research Help Guide.
Any search is only as good as the words that you use. Spend some time before you start searching brainstorming keywords and related terms.
Good keywords are usually nouns and short phrases. For example, if my research question is "How do renewable plastics impact climate change ?" I might pick renewable, plastic, and climate change.
|Similar related terms:||Green; Sustainable; Recyclable; Natural||Bags; Bottles; Containers||Global warming; Temperature Rise|
|Opposite related terms||One-time use; Non-recylable; Garbage|
If you are having trouble finding keywords try an online thesaurus such as thesaurus.com.
Sometimes it can help to get more background information on your topic, especially if you don't know much about it. Often in academic papers we aren't allowed to use Wikipedia as a source. Here are some reliable encyclopedias you can try instead:
Use these tips when you search in CCC Library databases. Your search results will be more focused and relevant to your topic!
|Too Many Results?||Too Few Results?|
Need help with too many or too few results? Call, email, chat with, or stop by and see a librarian!
We all use it - now let's learn to use it better! Improving your Googling skills will save you time and make it easier to identify better sources of information. Tips and tricks are explained below.
In the above example, Google will find results that include (election AND fraud) and (voter AND fraud).
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