Preparing your search

How to search

Before you start searching you need to plan how you are going to find the appropriate materials for your research. A well thought out search plan will help you find appropriate materials quickly and efficiently. Here is a check list of what you need to do when preparing and planning your research campaign:

  • Prepare your search by…
    • considering the type of material you want to use
    • choosing the most appropriate resource(s)
    • identifying key terms and authors
    • thinking of alternatives for your terms
  • Then execute your search strategy by…
    • using search operators to combine your terms
    • reviewing the results in order to improve or refine the search

So let's find out how you do this!