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Internet Search Strategies. Preparing Your Keyword Search. Step1: Describe What Do You Want To Find Using one or two sentences, state what you want to find on the Internet. For example: What are the popular features to look for when purchasing a skateboard?. Step 2: Identify Keywords.

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Internet Search Strategies

Preparing Your Keyword Search


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Step1: Describe What Do You

Want To Find

Using one or two sentences, state

what you want to find on the Internet.

For example:

  • What are the popular features to look for when purchasing a skateboard?


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Step 2: Identify Keywords

Underline the main concepts

in the sentence.

  • What are the popularfeatures to look for when purchasing a skateboard?


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Step 3: Select Synonyms and Variant Word Forms

List synonyms, alternate spellings, and variant word forms of each keyword.

  • popular common favorite

  • features options characteristics

  • buying selecting choosing


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Step 4: Combine Synonyms, Keywords & Variant Word Forms

Combine synonyms with Boolean OR

Place parentheses around OR statements.

  • (popular or common or favorite)

  • (features or options or characteristics)

  • (buying or selecting or choosing)


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Step 5: Combine keywords with Boolean AND

  • (popular or common or favorite) and

  • (features or options or characteristics) and

  • (buying or selecting or choosing) and

  • skateboards


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Step 6: Check Your Spelling

  • Search engines return websites with words that match your keywords.

  • If you misspell a keyword, your results will contain websites where that word is also misspelled.


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Step 7: Write Your Own Keyword Search!