With OneSearch you can search most databases and the FSU and USMAI catalogs all at the same time!
Make sure that your topic fits the assignment, and consider whether it is too broad or too specific.
If it is too broad, there might be too many resources to work with, and it will be difficult to focus your assignment.
If it is too narrow, you might become frustrated with a lack of resources. Check with your instructor or a librarian, though, because you might just need to be a little more creative to find those resources!
Make note of the first words and phrases that you would use in your search. (Those are usually the best search words, because they were what came to your mind immediately. Then, think if there are any similar or related words or phrases that may also be useful.
Example Topic: Can deforestation have an effect on severe flooding?
Keywords: deforestation, flooding
Are there any other words (synonyms) or phrases with the same or similar meaning? Try this (using your own keyword):
Google: deforestation synonym
If you find a good word, add it to your brainstorm list:
Keywords: deforestation, logging, flooding
As you begin searching, you might stumble across additional words to use in your searches. Keep track and repeat your searches!
How would you use these words in a search?
In Google: (deforestation or logging) flooding
In OneSearch (using advanced search):
Using the word OR means that you are being flexible and will use either of the words. Using the word AND means that the search result must have met the criteria written in each of the boxes.
Think about what resources may be the best formats for your topic. These could include:
See the search boxes below for some tips when searching these tools.
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Tips to remember:
Some tips for searching Google:
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