An Online Tutorial Taking You Through the Steps of the Library Research Process Keywords

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Tutorial Contents:
  1. Library Map & Virtual Tour
  2. Avoiding Impulse Buys
  3. Size & Shape of Information
  4. Most Bang for Your Buck
  5. Trying it on for Size
  6. Don't Shoplift!

Identify key terms and phrases:

The next step is to identify the key terms or phrases in your questions.  This is a very important step in the process because it will give you the words or phrases you will want to use to conduct your search in an online database.  Let's take the first question {Do cell phones cause car accidents?}  What do you think the most important words or phrases are in that question?  Right away you can eliminate all the little words.  That leaves us with cell phones, cause, car accidents.  We can also eliminate the word cause, because it is not very descriptive.  The best search terms are usually nouns or noun phrases. 

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