Module 2 Choosing a Topic Searchpath logo

This module covers topic selection and how to identify keywords to search your topic.

When you have completed this module you should be able to:

  • broaden or narrow a topic
  • identify keywords for a topic
  • use phrase searching, connectors (boolean operators), wildcards and truncation in constructing a search
  • understand the difference between keyword and subject searching
  • understand the difference between library catalogs and online databases
 
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Searchpath was adapted by Faten Habib, Moorpark College Library, Moorpark, CA, in 2008 and is based upon Searchpath © 2001-2002 by the Board of Trustees of Western Michigan University. Revised 2009-2016, Faten Habib, Moorpark College Library, in accordance with the Searchpath Open Publication License.   
This version has been modified for use at Moorpark College Library.
Updated May 23, 2017