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Getting Started with Research at Shapiro Library

This guide discusses understanding information sources, formulating a topic and search phrase, where and how to search the library for information, how to evaluate sources, how to cite sources, and more.

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Using Keywords

What are Keywords?

A keyword is a word or phrase that is relevant to your topic. With a keyword search, you can search all parts of a source for the words you enter in the search box. This type of searching uses "natural language" and is one you're probably already familiar with--you simply enter words or phrases into a search box that you think are relevant to your topic.

The library has several books and ebooks in our collection which can help answer your questions about using keywords. Check out the books and web resources below for additional information.

Helpful Books from the Library

To find more books and ebooks on using keywords, please search the Online Library Catalog.

Helpful Web Resources

These web resources may be helpful if you need help with using keywords. However, be sure to evaluate any sources you use--the Shapiro Library cannot vouch for the accuracy of information provided on external websites.