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Political Science 1 (Nicholson): Search Strategy

Introduction to U.S. Politics

Formulate a Search Strategy

Use " " quotation marks to search for a phrase e.g. "net neutrality"

Use truncation (often an asterisk)* to look for end variation on a word e.g. mortgage*

Look for the date limiter, since your must look at a current subject of national political debate.

Use AND to join dissimilar term e.g. "net neutrality" AND cost

Use OR to join similar terms e.g. "net neutrality" OR " "

Scan news for references to other reports, think tanks, etc.  bibliographies.

Specific Strategy:

  • Combine bill initiator's name with the subject of the bill for magazine or news coverage.  This will work best with bills that have received a significant amount of coverage.

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