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Spark 1 (Iizuka): Welcome

Spark Seminar: Archaeology in Popular Culture

Find the Guide

From Idea to Library

North Carolina State University (NCSU) Libraries (2:28)


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Lesson 2 Outcomes & Outline

After this lesson, you will be able to:

  • use mind mapping to brainstorm topics
  • apply W & H questions to focus your research scope
  • evaluate the quality of research questions


  • Quick Review
  • Brainstorming topics 
  • What makes for a "good" research question? 
  • Using W concepts to narrow further 
  • Reflection 
  • Thanks & goodbye! 

Lesson 1 Outcomes & Outline

After this class, you will be able to:

  • develop keywords
  • apply a variety of search strategies in databases
  • compare / contrast database functionality to maximize your search experience


  • Find the guide
  • Why researchers use library databases
  • Where to find library databases
  • Developing keywords
    • class brainstorm exercise
  • Creating a search string
    • demonstration of search strategies
    • poll exercise
  • Compare / contrast databases exercise
  • Getting research help & goodbye


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Elizabeth Salmon
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