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PL SC 412: International Political Economy (World Campus)

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Search Strategies Exercise 1

Research Question Example:

The table below shows how a broad topic might develop into a focused research question. 

BROAD TOPIC

RESTRICTED TOPIC

NARROWED TOPIC

RESEARCH QUESTION

Women in the military

Women in military combat

Women in combat serving on front lines

Are women in the military prepared to serve on the front lines of combat?

 

Search Term Examples:

Using the research question above, the table below shows how to construct search terms.

Boolean Operators        and, or, not

women and combat

Exact Phrase                  quote marks “ ”

women and combat and “front lines”

Truncation                      asterisk * for word variants

women and serv* and “front lines”

Nesting                           parentheses ( )

women and (military or combat) and “front lines”

 

YOUR TURN!

Your Research Question:

Following the model given, use the blank table below to develop your own research question.

BROAD TOPIC

RESTRICTED TOPIC

NARROWED TOPIC

RESEARCH QUESTION

 

 

 

 

 

 

Your Search Terms:

Use your research question to construct search terms in the table below.

Boolean Operators        and, or, not

 

Exact Phrase                  quote marks “ ”

 

Truncation                      asterisk * for word variants

 

Nesting                           parentheses ( )

 

Search Strategies Exercise 2

Web content should always be cleared with your instructor, and should come from authoritative sources. A quick shortcut strategy you can use is site:.edu or (.gov .mil .org).  Using the above Boolean Operator Sample Search Term Strategy, a web search would look like:

  • women and combat site:.gov

Your Turn!

Based on your Boolean Operator Search Term Strategy, what would your web search look like?

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