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
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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 Overview144 Research Topics: Keywords and Internet ResourcesArts and LiteratureBusiness, Communication, and EconomicsCulture and Cultural DiversityHealth and WellnessHistory, Political Science, and LawPhilosophy and ReligionScience and TechnologySocial Issues and SociologySports and Recreational InterestsIndex



An invaluable resource for library media specialists who have teachers who expect a list of reliable Web sites on a moment's notice. It will also be valuable as a starting point for developing research assignments on unfamiliar subjects.—School Library Journal

All levels of learners can benefit from using their lists.—American Libraries

In essence, this handy reference streamlines the initial hunting-and-pecking process that most beginning researchers flounder through until the right combination of terms produces enough relevant results. Instead of digging through many resources, the researcher finds a ready-made list in one book. Even though it is written for the public library patron and K-12 students, it is also recommended for purchase by libraries serving lower-undergraduate students.—E-STREAMS

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