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REA: Searching as Strategic Exploration

Fearless Learning Research & Engagement Academy members will engage with a guiding research question related to The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.

Searching as Strategic Exploration

Purpose:  Students will understand that Searching is a Strategic Exploration


The purpose of this activity is to help you practice the following skills essential to your success in school and beyond. 

In this activity you will:

S.1. Understand how search tools are organized

S.2. Brainstorm keywords and select sources

S.3. Match information needs to a search tool

S.4. Design and refine a search strategy


This activity will also help you become familiar with the following important content knowledge: 

K.1. First attempts don't always produce good results

K.2. Information sources vary greatly in content and format

K.3. Recognize the value of browsing in gathering information

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Search Examples from Tools

Tool: Opposing Viewpoints in Context

Opposing Viewpoints

Tool: Science in Context

Science in Context

Tool: US History in Context

US History in Context search example

Tool: Library Discovery

Library Discovery search example


JSTOR search example

Tool: Historical Newspapers NYT

Historical Newspapers: NYT search example

Tool: Newspaper Archive

Newspaper Archive

Off-campus access

Library databases require a login from off-campus!

  • ACES username is required for login
  • ACES password is your password for login

What does the login page look like?


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