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POLI:1501 Introduction to American Foreign Policy: Choosing Search Terms

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Choosing Search Terms

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  • Restrict the search to two or three words that define your topic
  • Think of alternate search terms, both synonyms and antonyms, that could retrieve relevant results
  • Use geographic descriptions to more clearly define the search
  • Use personal names as search terms to limit results when relevant
  • Consider how language has changed with time.  A term commonly used in the 1940's may have different implications today.

Here are some examples of terms that could lead to similar search results:

  • Diplomacy / Diplomatic or Negotiate / Negotiation
  • Nuclear Proliferation or Nuclear Nonproliferation
  • Protest / Protester(s) or Demonstrate /Demonstration or Dissent



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