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Information, Media and Technological Literacy, Communication, Arts and Communication, English Language Arts, Writing, Writing for Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects
Material Type:
Lesson, Module
High School
9, 10, 11, 12
  • Information Literacy
  • Inquiry
  • Inquiry Skills
  • Locating Information
  • Research
  • Research Process
  • Research Skills
    Media Formats:
    Downloadable docs, Text/HTML, Video

    Practice Locating Information Using Keywords

    Practice Locating Information Using Keywords


    Students will practice locating information on the internet and within databases using search strategies. 


    Choosing keywords that quickly find the information you need saves time. This section will help you begin your research. You will practice identifying keywords and using databases to assist in your investigation. 


    Practice Using the Top 5 Search Strategies

    When using Explora for Grades 9-12 or INFOhio's ISearch, consider using these top 5 search strategies to create targeted searches with powerful results. 

    readReview the infographic, Top 5 Searching Strategies, linked below. Use these strategies to locate information in a database. 



    Practice Using Tips for Developing Research Strategies

    Teacher Tip

    Learn more about Precision Searching with this eBook, Choosing and Using Sources: A Guide to Academic Research, from The Ohio State University. 

    Explore the activities located in the section Students' Tips for Developing Research Strategies from Kent State University Libraries

    • Review the PDF: Boolean Connectors
    • Review the PDF: Tips for Truncation 
    • Review the PDF: Preparing Your Search Strategy: Identify Key Concepts Example 1 and Example 2

    formDownload, print, and complete the Preparing Your Search Strategy: Identify Key Concepts located in the Attached Resources below. 



    Practice Tracking Your Keyword Searches

    Now that you have learned more about using keywords and different search strategies, it's time to put your skills to the test!

    try itUsing the keywords you have developed for your topic, perform a few initial searches using a search engine. Record your results on the Search Tracking Form. Select from the Word Document or PDF version of this document.