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Search Strategies

Before you begin searching on the World Wide Web it is important that you develop a search strategy.
Listed below are the steps to developing an effective search strategy.
Sample question: How does global warming affect the climate?

Step One   Identify key concepts within the statement. In this case the key concepts are global warming and climate.

Step Two   Think of synonyms or variations of those key concepts. In the case of global warming, a synonym is greenhouse effect. For the concept of climate, a synonym is weather.

Sample search statement: (global warming or greenhouse effect) and (climate or weather)

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