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8th Grade English Prejudice Research: Getting Started

Materials, tips and links to resources to help you research the time period for To Kill A Mockingbird

Useful Resources for Getting Started With Research

Just getting started with your research?  

Need to identify your topic and research questions?

 Use the links below to pages of the WAMS Research Guide which will help you in getting started by identifying the topic/focus of your research and the inquiry questions you want to answer.

Choosing Keywords for Online Searching

KEYWORDS: You need to identify the best keywords to type into a database or Internet search engine.  Choosing keywords is a skill that is practiced and improved over time.  

Good keywords -- will give you -- Good results

Taking the time to think about the best choices for keywords will save you A LOT of TIME.  View the video to the right titled Database Keyword Strategies to learn/review how to generate/combine effective keywords for database or Internet searching.


Ideas for Keywords for my searches:

My topic - What words best describe your topic; Think about synonyms as well; Are these keywords a well-known phrase that can be put in quotes?

Related topics - Might lead to articles on possible thesis points

Issues related to topic - Might help you to locate more detailed or specific articles

People or Organizations related to topic/issues - Might lead to more detailed  or possible thesis point articles

Locations/events related to topic/issues - Might lead to more detailed  or possible thesis point articles

 How can you combine some of your keywords to create a more specific or targeted search?

Welcome Message from Mrs. Goetjen

The Research Process and the BIG6 Model