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Writing 130 (Ocena): Using Search Strategies

Topics in Professional Writing

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.