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ENG 200: English Composition II (Matsumoto): Quest 1

Quest 1: Refining your search terms

Keyword or topic searches are the most common searches people perform when they do research.  "Keywords" are significant words or terms that are used in searching library research databases and Internet search engines for information related to a topic.

Be sure to think of any synonyms and/or related (broader or narrower) terms because databases and search engines categorize topics in different ways. 



Use the Quest 1 worksheet to complete this task

With your inital set of keywords you are ready to proceed to Quest 2

Suggested keywords

Consider these keywords when searching research databases. 

                                               academic achievement

                                               academic persistence

                                               achievement gap

                                               at risk students

                                               college readiness

                                               community colleges

                                               graduation rate

                                               higher education

                                               learner engagement


                                               postsecondary education

                                               self esteem

                                               student attitudes

                                               student behaviors

                                               teacher attitudes

                                               two year colleges


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