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Research 101: Searching is Strategic
Overall Search Plan
- Note key concepts that relate to your topic. (See Keywords)
- Find an appropriate search tool. Consider your subject matter, discipline, type of information needed, etc.
- Construct a search. (See Boolean, Truncation, and Quotes)
- Incorporate appropriate limiters as needed before conducting the search or after viewing the results list, such as date, type of article, etc. (See Limiters)
- Skim results; read abstracts to determine an article's relevance.
- Use subject terms to direct you to other articles with the same tags.
- Revise search as needed. Consider using other terminology you discover from titles and descriptors.
- Locate full-text of the article either through a HTML/PDF link, UCe-Links button, or Request (ILL) through UC-eLinks. (See Accessing Information)
- Review a relevant source's reference list to locate other articles, books, or authors who have written on the same topic. (See Known Items)
- If you're not finding information that exactly matches your topic, use pieces of information from sources that are related.