Welcome! Use this guide to complete the in-class activities for the library session.
Jot down the main terms that relate to your research question. Include terms that are broader or narrower than your topic. These terms are called key terms (or keywords), and they are the words you will use when you search for sources. It is helpful to keep track of these in your notes and add terms that work well to your list as you come upon them in your research.
Example research question: How can companion animals improve health?
Key terms: pets, pet therapy, companion animals, therapeutic use, health, health benefits, chronic illness
For complicated or more involved research, it may be helpful to organize and keep track of your terms in a chart:
You can use these databases to work on the different sections of your worksheet.
There are a number of different checklists you can use to aid you in source evaluation. Examples include:
It's a good idea to develop your own criteria for evaluating sources. Consider: