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Doing Research on the Web Activity: Create a Search Strategy

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Choose one of the topics below or another research topic of your choice. Then follow the steps involved in creating a search strategy. (See below for a review of the steps.) Using the keywords you formulate, search the Web for five sites with information and media elements related to your topic. For each site you choose, write the title of the site, the URL, and a brief summary of the resources you find there.

Steps in Creating a Search Strategy

Step 1: Formulate questions about your topic.

Step 2: List possible sources of information.

Step 3: Brainstorm possible media elements.

Step 4: Identify keywords.

Step 5: Begin your search.

Possible Research Topics

Roaring Twenties

Recycling

Greek and Roman mythology

Wacky inventions

Chinese Empire

Space exploration

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Academy Awards

Potato Famine

Sleep

William Shakespeare

Star Wars

Olympics

Dinosaurs

Jane Austen

Persuasive techniques used in advertising

Vietnam War

Global warming

Princess Diana

American presidency

Baseball

Earthquakes

Heroes in literature

Harlem Renaissance

Skyscrapers

Albert Einstein

Art of the Renaissance

Medieval times

Tip: Choose a subject from the Recommended Web Sites section of this tutorial to help you generate more ideas for research topics.

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