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Writing 10 (Lanser)



  • Prior to your library research session, please complete the following activities and  tutorials below. 
  • During our in-person session, you will be navigating to the A-Z Databases list and also using Academic Search Complete.

About Using Keywords & Search Strategies


By completing this module, you will be able to

  • generate keywords from your research question.
  • combine keywords and search strategies to locate the best resources for your research in library databases.
  • anticipate how different search strategies will affect your search results. 

Let's get started! 

Library databases interpret keyword searches differently than Google, and require some forethought before you jump in and start your research. These few minutes of upfront planning will save you time in the long run and you will find that carefully planning your search will result in more relevant database results.

Plan your search by considering:

  1. what are the best keywords or search terms to use in order to locate resources related to my research question?
  2. what search strategies will help make my search more effective?

puzzle pieces with the words, think, plan, act

Image by Shahid Abdullah from Pixabay

Click Next to learn about selecting and using keywords.

About the VPN (Virtual Private Network)


By completing this short activity and quiz, you will be able to

  • recognize your information privilege as a UC Merced student.
  • understand why the VPN is needed for access to library resources from off-campus locations.
  • connect to the VPN in order to locate library resources.
  • know where to locate help for VPN set-up.
  • become familiar with the purpose and value of the Get it at UC button.
  • use the Get it at UC button to locate information.

Let's get started.

VPN and Get it at UC

Click the Next button to continue.