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Research Strategy

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3. Find research materials

Use this research to identify key terms and concepts to narrow your topic and search terms.

  • Books, eBooks
  • Articles
  • Primary sources
  • Research guides 

Smart Search

What is OneSearch?

OneSearch is a discovery tool that lets you search for books, ebooks, articles, even streaming media, all at the same time.


Create efficient searches

Tips for searching the World Wide Web

Try the site: operator

Try a Google search using site:edu (or, whichever is easiest for you to remember).

You can change the domain to .gov, .org, .net, etc.

Example: site:org gangs

All search results are .org results, avoiding commercial and other websites. Narrowing your search in this manner is efficient.

Example search result

Why Young People Join Gangs - Los Angeles Police Department

Remember to carefully evaluate websites for accuracy, bias, etc. A librarian can assist with this.

More about URLs and Website Research

Website Research: URLs - Central Michigan University Libraries

Evaluating Internet Information - "dot com" "dot gov" — suffixes and country codes explained - University System of Georgia

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