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Plan Your Search Strategy

Get better search results by starting with a plan.

After defining your topic and questions, the next step in the research process is to develop a search strategy.

Your search strategy will depend on the type of information source you plan to use:

  • For print and electronic sources, identify keywords and concepts within your topic to use as search terms.
  • For electronic sources, you also need to know how to combine keywords to build a search string.

Doing this now will make your search more efficient and save time.

 

Get started:

Identify Keywords and Concepts

Build Search Strings

Resources: Plan

Generating Search Terms (video)

Internet Searching Tips (video) (coming back soon)

Find Your Way Online (eBook)

Identifying Keywords and Concepts (worksheet)