Advanced Searching Concepts
1. when given a research question or problem, be able to identify the keywords or phrase that can
be used to conduct a search;
2. understand and be able to identify the advance searching concepts of: field searching; keyword,
subject and phrase searching; keyword truncation; Boolean logic; stop words; natural language
searching; and the search limiters of date range, full-text, and peer reviewed;
3. be able to recognize the commonality between advance searching screens of library catalogs,
periodical databases, and “free web” search engines”; and
4. use advance searching techniques to find timely, relevant, and appropriate information in both
print and digital formats.
1. As a “Do Now” activity, students identify keywords and phrases when given a research
question or problem.
2. Teacher briefly explains advance searching concepts (handout) using the EBSCO advance
searching screen and conducting example searches.
3. Teacher makes the association of advance the searching concepts in EBSCO’s advance
search screen to Google’s advance search screen.
4. Students conduct and advance searches in an EBSCO periodical database and in a Google
advance search screen based on the questions and problems included in their Do Now.
1. Observe students using databases.
2. Discuss usefulness with teachers.
3. Have students complete Exit Tickets.
4. Examine students’ works cited lists.