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EDL 7120: Sp2022: Other Helpful Tips

Tip 1: Brainstorm Keywords


Use the template below to help your organize your core concepts and keywords.

Tip 2: Keep Track of Searches

It is a good idea to keep a written record of how your search was conducted, especially if you are doing a literature review.  You might create  a document, table or spreadsheet with:

  • Names of sources
  • How you searched (keyword and/or subject headings) when searching different sources ( EBSCO, Google Scholar, ProQuest)
  • Which terms you used (word and phrases)
  • How you combined search terms ( e.g. AND/OR)
  • Any limiters used (e.g. dates, publication type)
  • The number of results from each source and each strategy used.
  • See example below:

Source: ResearchGate Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International

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