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PACS 2: Rationality and Strategic Games   Tags: economics, pacs 2, rationality, strategic games  

A guide to Library resources for Dr. Staniec's Pacific Seminar 2.
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Search Strategy

Develop an effective search strategy to save time and improve results.

1) Develop a good topic or thesis: Can sport doping be controlled? Movers and shakers in the game of fame and fortune.

2) Explore key words or phrases associated with your topic: sports, olympics, athletes, ahtletics, doping, performance enhancing drugs (possibly a particular sport such as professional baseball or cycling)

3) Choose a database and enter your search terms: Acadmeic Search Complete

4) Use search operators to narrow or widen your search:

  • AND to narrow your topic; retrieve fewer results. Ex: drugs and athletes and universities
  • OR to broaden your topic; to retrieve more results. Ex: drugs or steroids
  • * the asterisk is a truncation symbol and it will retrieve all words beginning with that stem. Ex: ahtlet*
  • " " double quotation marks will search a phrase. "performance enhancing drugs"
5) Arrange your keywords with search operators to form a search strategy. Below is one possible search strategy:

drug* or steroid* 


athlet* or sport*


college* or universit* or higher education


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