SIUE Lovejoy Library. (September 10, 2020). Keyword concept mapping. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9arhg9A1Ds8&t=32s
Use this example to help you think of different keywords for your topic. The example topic is writing about a child behaviour theorist.
Refer to a search engine, thesaurus, or even Wikipedia for ideas on synonyms
Use keywords to find reliable sources. Evaluate all sources according to the information in this guide.
* is the truncation symbol, it searches for variations of your term. For example: run* will return: run, running, runner, runners
" " around more than one word will search it as a phrase. For example "mental health"
AND - Use the word AND when you want to combine search terms (this will reduce the number of items found). For example: physical fitness AND students will find articles that discuss physical fitness and students.
OR - Use the word OR when you are searching for a topic that may have different names (this will expand the number of items found).For example: physical fitness OR exercise OR physical education will find articles with any of these words.
NOT - Use the word NOT when you want to exclude certain terms from your results. For example: qualitative NOT mixed methods will find articles that talk about qualitative research but exclude any that are mixed methods.
The provided topics for this assignment are quite broad: searching for each in OCtopus returns a lot of results. It may be useful to narrow your topic to something more manageable. Some ways you can do that are:
You might find that a narrowed topic you decide on does not have enough written on it; you may have to alter your topic as a result.
Pre-set tags or descriptors assigned to resources/items to describe their content, or what they are about. Enables more precise searching.
Find a relevant source and then use citations to locate more related sources. Examine the bibliography, reference list and footnotes for sources used by the author. Use OCtopus or the e-journal finder to find your articles.
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