Successful Keyword Searching

Initiating Research on Popular Topics Using Electronic Databases

by Randall M. MacDonald, Susan Priest MacDonald

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December 2000


Pages 464
Volumes 1
Size 6 1/8x9 1/4
Topics Current Events and Issues/Education

Students are using electronic resources more than ever before to locate information for assignments. Without the proper search terms, results are incomplete, and students are frustrated. Using the keywords, key people, organizations, and web sites provided in this book, compiled from the most commonly used databases, students will be able to perform successful searches for 144 of the most popular research topics, on their own or in the classroom.

The 144 topics are divided into nine broad subject areas: Arts and Literature; Business, Communication, and Economics; Culture and Cultural Diversity; Health and Wellness; History, Political Science and Law; Philosophy and Religion; Science and Technology; Social Issues and Sociology; and Sports and Recreational Interests. Each topic section provides an extended list of keywords to be used alone or in combination with other words in the section to perform Boolean searches. The selected lists of key people include activists, artists, entertainers, politicians, scientists, and other well-known personalities in each field. Organizations and web sites lead the student to even more resources, providing a solid overview of each topic for the beginning researcher, as well as increasing general on-line searching skills.

Table of Contents

Keyword Searching: An Overview
144 Research Topics: Keywords and Internet Resources
Arts and Literature
Business, Communication, and Economics
Culture and Cultural Diversity
Health and Wellness
History, Political Science, and Law
Philosophy and Religion
Science and Technology
Social Issues and Sociology
Sports and Recreational Interests

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