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SPC120 Public Speaking EFFECTIVE INTERNET RESEARCH AND INFORMATION LITERACY STUDY GUIDE FAST FACTS The Internet started in the 1960s to aid communication throughout the military. Before you begin your Internet search, it is important to have a research plan. Brainstorming and “mind-mapping” are useful for determining keywords. Using unique identifiers such as names, titles and dates will yield the best results. Search engines are the best places to start for general queries. There are specialty search engines that give results for specific categories of research, such as travel or blogs. Using the search term “AND” or “NOT” narrows a search, while “OR” broadens the search. VOCABULARY TERMS 1. World Wide Web: a system that interlinks hypertext documents on the Internet 2. Trade source: a form of published content that combines popular and scholarly
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