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English 1B: Initial Steps

English 1B: Initial Steps

 

Define the problem: Use the topic that you are working on for this course for this library workshop. Write it in the space below. Then note key aspects that you will use to locate information on your topic. Finally think of synonyms and related terms for those aspects that help describe the topic.

 

Your topic:

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Synonyms for your topic: Now think of synonyms and related terms that help describe the main concepts of your topic. There might be one, two, or more facets. Use as many lines as you need.

Aspects

Synonyms

       
       
       
       


Refining your search:
Use "Boolean connectors" (AND, OR, NOT) to refine your search.


  • OR broadens search results. Use it for synonyms representing a single aspect above.
  • AND narrows search results. Use it for different aspects above.
  • NOT narrows search results. Use it to exclude other aspects

 

Demonstration:

  • Number in the class seated in the 1st two rows: _____
  • Number in the class seated on an aisle: _____
  • Number in the class seated in the 1st two rows OR on an aisle: _____
  • Number in the class seated in the 1st two rows AND on an aisle: _____

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