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National History Day. Doing Research. By Mrs. Fisher. Basic Searching Suggestions. Prepare & Organize Your Search Consider Using Boolean Searching Strategies Limit Or Expand Search By Using Different Searching Terms (Keywords) Use Databases As Well As Search Engines. Prepare Organize.

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Doing research

National History Day

Doing

Research

By Mrs. Fisher


Basic searching suggestions

Basic Searching Suggestions

  • Prepare & Organize Your Search

  • Consider Using Boolean Searching Strategies

  • Limit Or Expand Search By Using Different Searching Terms (Keywords)

  • Use Databases As Well As Search Engines


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  • Prepare

  • Organize

Search Smart—Part 1


Prepare

Prepare

  • What do you need to know about your topic?

  • Make a list of all the terms connected with your topic.

  • Include names, organizations, and phrases.


Organize

Organize

  • Make a list of the words that are critical to your search.

  • Note terms that you don’t want to see appear.

  • Discard the rest.


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For example…

If you are looking for information about life on the planet Mars, you don’t want sites popping up about the Roman god of war.

Put that in your list of words you don’t want to see.

What other words might be connected with your topic that will send you to useless sites?

New Topic: Planet Mars

WantDon’t Want

planetroman

marsgod of war

life

candy or bar


Basic searching suggestions1

Basic Searching Suggestions

  • Prepare & Organize Your Search

  • Consider Using Boolean Searching Strategies

  • Limit Or Expand Search By Using Different Searching Terms (Keywords)

  • Use Databases As Well As Search Engines


Search smart part 2

Search Smart—Part 2

Use Boolean operators to combine your most important terms.

  • Use AND to connect the terms you want to see.

  • Use NOT to exclude terms you don’t want.

  • Use OR to include similar terms.

  • Use quotation marks around names or phrases

  • Use lower case for all proper nouns, except for acronyms


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For example…

New Topic: Planet Mars

WantDon’t Want

planetroman

marsgod of war

lifecandy or bar

mars AND planet AND life NOT god


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But what if…

you WERE looking for information about the Roman god of war? The Greeks referred to him as “Ares”, so now your search might look like this….


Mars or ares and god of war

mars OR ares AND “god of war”

Notice the quotation marks around the phrase “god of war”


Basic searching suggestions2

Basic Searching Suggestions

  • Organize Your Search

  • Consider Using Boolean Searching Strategies

  • Limit Or Expand Search By Using Different Searching Terms (Keywords)

  • Use Databases As Well As Search Engines


Examples of using different keywords

Search Smart—Part 3

Examples Of Using Different Keywords:

Garrison Dam

Garrison Dam History

Garrison Dam Primary Sources 1 - 2

Garrison Dam Native American 1 – 2

Dams Indigenous Peoples


Basic searching suggestions3

Basic Searching Suggestions

  • Organize Your Search

  • Consider Using Boolean Searching Strategies

  • Limit Or Expand Search By Using Different Searching Terms (Keywords)

  • Use Databases As Well As Search Engines


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Search Smart—Part 4

Different Search Engines:

Google

Yahoo

DogpileMetacrawlerWebcrawler

Ask Jeeves

Ask

GrokkerKartOO

Different Databases:

Destiny

Odin

Online Resources


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Different Search Engines & Databases:

Google - http://www.google.com/

Yahoo - http://search.yahoo.com/

Dogpile - http://www.dogpile.com/

Metacrawler - http://www.metacrawler.com/

Webcrawler - http://www.webcrawler.com/

Ask Jeeves - http://www.askforkids.com/

Ask - http://www.ask.com/

Grokker - http://www.grokker.com/

KartOO - http://www.kartoo.com/

Odin - http://www.odinlibrary.org/F

Online Resources - http://ndsl.lib.state.nd.us/ElectronicResources.html


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