No matter what search engine you're using, the number one factor that guides their algorithms are the terms you enter in the search box. Yet, the one search strategy too often under utilized is identifying and using alternate terms.
I recommend the concise video tutorial below, created by the UNC Writing Center. All of their resources are great, plus they're creative commons licensed!
The tutorial models adding synonyms and narrower and broader terms. and walks students through the process using their own search needs.
Many students will additionally benefit with strategies for finding the terms they're adding. A few suggestions include:
One Look: Reverse Dictionary (word for phrase) and Thesaurus
Phrase Thesaurus: Phrase for word.
Wordnik Definitions, examples and related words.
More information about search and additional strategies can be found HERE. As always, I'm here to answer any questions and assist you and your students!
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