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About This Guide
This guide shows you how to complete a basic search (using keywords). It also highlights two popular search methods: Boolean and Google.
Google Like a Boss
Use these helpful links to narrow down your Google searches.
Whether you are using a library catalogue, an article database, or a search engine, you will need to search for the most important concepts or keywords related to your topic.
Concept Mapping is a research strategy that is useful for brainstorming research concepts or keywords. Use the web tools below to start building your own concept maps.
A visual dictionary and thesaurus. Use this to generate research ideas and terms.
Use Wordle's clouds to determine which topics your paper is covering, and which may need expansion.
Text 2 Mind Map
An online brainstorming and mind mapping tool that lets you create an outline
An online brainstorming and mind mapping tool.
An online brainstorming and mind mapping tool that allows you to add text and images.
Similar to Visuwords, this site allows you to use its interactive graph several times--there is no limit on the number of searches.
Graph Words "draws" a graph of your chosen word by including its synonyms.
Hepful Video Links
Use the video links below for information about searching and starting the research process.