What is a Keyword?
A keyword is a descriptive word or set of words that describe a topic. You use a keyword or keywords to find information you need about a subject.
If you have more than one keyword (people, places, book titles, multiple words), it is sometimes helpful to type them surrounded by quotation marks. Quotation marks tell the search engine to look for sites that have the exact phrase inside the quotes.
Example #1: a search for “George Washington” will find articles that have George Washington not articles with George, Washington, or Washington George.
Example #2: a search for “chronic fatigue syndrome” will find articles that have the exact phrase, chronic fatigue syndrome, but not articles that just have any one of the three words in any order.
Do not assume that the first "hit" in the results list is the best choice.
If you don’t find what you are looking for in the first ten results, modify your keywords and search again.
Ask for help if you have trouble finding what you need.
Always remember to evaluate the information you find. Think about the following!
Anyone can put a website on the Internet.
There is no company or person who checks every website for accuracy and bias.
Sites constantly change; new sites appear; and old ones disappear.
*This content is provided by Common Sense Media, from their "Zoom in with Internet Keyword Searches" Lesson