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- Further explore a topic to see if enough information about a topic exists
- Helps you refine your topic or help you find a new aspect of it to explore
A library database like Opposing Viewpoints is a great place to start. Their Browse Issues feature lists hundred of topics to explore. For each topic, you'll find a summary, as well as a list of numerous sources in various formats.
Start by reading the summary to gather keywords that look interesting to you.
I chose Standardized Testing. These are just a few of the keywords I found:
- National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)
- Nation's Report Card
- No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) of 2001 and the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) of 2015
Sample Thesis Statement
Standardized tests cause anxiety for students and should not be considered an accurate indicator of academic achievement.
Types of keywords:
- Related: synonyms like fear (for anxiety)
- Broad: more general categories like mental health (for anxiety)
- Narrow: specific examples like SAT (for standardized test)
Let's brainstorm some keywords that we can use to find sources to support our argument.
- Use Google to search our main ideas.
- Go to this Padlet.
- Add the keywords you find.
- Broad Google search for popular sources
- Education-specific websites like the Dept. of Education for statistics
- Library databases for popular and scholarly sources
- Library catalog for background information
Selecting and Using Keywords Video (3:50)
ENG 152 Information Literacy Objectives
Information Literacy is one of MCC's four general education goals. Information Literacy is the ability to recognize when information is needed and to locate, evaluate and use information effectively. In this session, you will learn how to:
- Select appropriate search tools to identify and locate information sources.
- Construct effective database searches.
These skills will help you find quality, appropriate resources for your research assignments.