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EAPD030: Julie Schiller-Birch

Academic Discussion Skills 3

How to Search

  • Keyword searching requires you to identify key terms or words to describe an idea.
  • Join words with AND, OR, NOT to conduct boolean searches and narrow or broaden search results. 
  • Use limiters such as date, demographic, gender, geographic area to get more focused results.
  • Evaluate your source to ensure it is produced by a reputable source.
  • Provide references and identify where and how the information you used was produced, who created it, and where it came from. 
  • Use quotes to create phrases or join two words to form a single concept (such as "global warming")
Developing Keywords: Join terms with AND
green OR sustainable (building OR architecture OR construction) Canad*
"sustainable building" "renewable energy" OR "clean energy" NOT wind
"green roof" architecture OR building OR construction  


Where to Search
  • Library resources - Reputable, accessible, in-depth, free for you to access. 
  • Internet - Huge amounts of information from many different sources, small portion is freely accessible, difficult to narrow results, easy to conduct keyword searches and answer quick questions.

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