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They Say, I Say: Find What's Interesting and Engaging

Think Different!

Warning: This page requires you to think differently. Proceed to your own advantage.

How Is Search Related to TSIS?

To understand this approach, think of your search target (library catalog, library database, Eagle Search, Google, etc.) as a large collection of what "they say."

Your electronic search can be understood as a conversation between you and the tool or tools you use to find and select sources. What you "say" to the tools will determine how well they respond to your query -- that is, the results you get from your search.

The quality of your conversation -- your search and the search results -- will depend on

  • where you search (library catalog, library database, Eagle Search, Google, etc.);
  • the kinds of sources you look for (books, scholarly articles, video, web pages, etc.);
  • the search terms you use (keywords, subject tags, titles, etc.); and
  • how well you combine your search terms into a search phrase (using Boolean operators such as AND and OR, as well as other search limiters and operators).

Boolean Operators

Finding What's Interesting and Engaging

Where to Find Academic Sources

Kinds of Sources

Choosing Search Terms

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