Each ULS tutorial introduces and teaches an information seeking concept or skill. In order to view and use these tutorials, users should download Adobe Shockwave Player 7 or later. The tutorials are best viewed using speakers or headphones.
The Search terms or keywords you use to search are what determine the results you get. Here's a good exercise to help you generate keywords:
1. Express your topic in a topic sentence: "What is the effect of television violence on children?"
2. Generate keyword search terms by identifying the main ideas or concepts within that topic sentence: "What is the effect of television on children?" = Effect, Television, Violence or Television violence, and Children.
3. Expand your search terms by brainstorming related terms or synonyms that describe your main ideas:
You can create complex search strategies by combining keywords using the linking words AND, OR and NOT. For example, if your search terms are mathematics and curriculum:
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