Creating Search Statements
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What is the best, and most efficient, way to begin a research project?
Read the short exercise below to help you on your way. Determine a Topic Sentence.
If, for example, your professor assigns you to research a current issue within EDUCATION, first decide on a topic. You should then be able to summarize your topic with one or two sentences. Example...
What is the role of parents in the public schools? Finding Keywords in a Search Statement
You should also master the concept of keywords -- the terms most important to your topic -- by selecting the most important terms in your topic sentence. Example...
What is the role
in the public schools? Keywords:
role, parents, public schools NOTE:
Usually, pronouns (e.g., who, what, where, when, why), articles (e.g., a, an, the) and prepositions (e.g., in, with, about) are not important words in your search. In addition, words such as relationship
are not keywords. These words can be crossed out from your search topic statement.