Concept Map

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A concept map worksheet to help construct a search from a research topic. Handout for Empire State College @Home: Introduction to Searching Online Workshop.

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Concept Map

  1. 1. Create a Search Research Question or Topic: ______________________________________________________________________ Key words from your topic (hint: nouns from research question above): ____________ ______________ ______________ Synonyms / alternate terms or spellings? ______________ _________________ __________________ ______________ Use one of the charts below to create a search using the keywords/terms you identified above: Search Creation Chart 1 (combine different keywords using AND): and and Search Creation Chart 2 (combine synonyms with OR; group synonyms with parentheses): ( or ) and ( or ) Note: only use parentheses around two+ synonyms when combining them with other keywords using AND. Hints: AND to combine different concepts (elderly and depression) OR to combine synonyms or words with similar meanings (education or learning or pedagogy) Double quotes around phrases of 2+ words ("United States") Use dictionaries, thesauri & specialized encyclopedias to expand your list of keywords Searching is not an exact science; try different searches and see what works Example: Topic: What is the impact of global warming on polar bears? Main concepts: global warming, polar bears Possible synonyms/alt terms: climate change, Ursus maritimus Concept map 1: "global warming" and "polar bear" and habitat Concept map 2: ("global warming" or "climate change") and ("polar bear" or "Ursus maritimus")

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