When first learning about a topic you can start and move to any point in the research cycle depending on the type of information you need.
So, what makes a good topic?
Consult your professor or a librarian to help you narrow your ideas down to a manageable topic for your paper or project.
A keyword search scans all words in a record, including the title, abstract, and author.
Refer to your class notes and course materials to give you ideas for search terms. In databases such as Academic Search Complete, you can narrow your search through selecting keywords on Academic Search Complete or Worldcat@SU.
Boolean connectors are all about sets. It uses an algebraic concept, but don't let that scare you away. There are three little words that are used as Boolean connectors:
AND, OR, NOT*
Think of each keyword as having a "set" of results that are connected with it. These sets can be combined to produce a different "set" of results. You can also exclude certain "sets" from your results by using a Boolean connector. See the other tabs in this box for further clarification on the way you can get different results using different Boolean connectors.
*Boolean Operators need to be UPPERCASE when you type them into the search box.