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ESLW 340 (Prado) Researching Your Career

ESLW 340 (Prado) Researching Your Career

Select topics for which you can find resources in the library.
Find Keywords & Background

Brainstorm Keywords

Keywords are the important words that describe your topic.  What are the keywords that describe your future career?

  • graphic designers  careers
  • computer programm*  careers
  • occupational therap*  careers
  • "high school" teacher  careers

What purpose do you think the "quote marks" and asterisk* serve?

What keywords describe your topic?

Tip:  As you find relevant books and articles, do look at the SUBJECT words used in their descriptions and add these to your list of keywords.  The phrase "vocational guidance" is often used to describe books about careers, but there are other keywords as well.  

Expect to redo your search several times to include different keywords, and try new keywords that you discover as you proceed.

Tips on Using Keywords


Find Background in Websites

You might start with these two broad, online guides:

Many websites contain reliable background information similar to what you would find in a Reference book.  Use these tools to find reliable websites.

  • In Google, type a specific keyword search for your topic plus a domain limiter, eg. "computer programmer" careers site:edu.  Use synonyms.  Your results may include scholarly articles!
  • In Internet Public Library type a somewhat broader search for "occupational therapists" careers.
  • Avoid Wikipedia (see why).

The Internet page in this guide gives tips on finding reliable information on the Internet.