College Readiness Skills and Resources: Research Skills

This guide contains resources and tools for high school students, teachers, and librarians related to writing, research and study skills that will help ease the transition to college.

Research Skills

Well-developed RESEARCH SKILLS are at the core of good research.  Using effective search strategies is vital to finding relevant sources.  Selecting appropriate KEYWORDS and using BOOLEAN SEARCHES will greatly improve the quality and focus of your search results, especially while using DATABASES.

This page provides links to handouts, resources and tutorials focused on RESEARCH SKILLS, including the research process, developing search strategies, and keyword and Boolean searching.

Begin your research with great keywords - Worksheet

Effective Keyword Searching

Research help can lead to better grades

Research & Writing Guides from

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Combining Search Terms - Boolean Searches


Boolean Searches

Research Skills - Link to additional resource page

See additional page in this guide related to Databases.