Keyword Searching: Essentially taking your best guess at the terms which will appear in articles on your topic. This can be an effective search strategy, however, you may get a number of irrelevant results if the keywords you chose appear in irrelevant articles. You also never know if you've found all the article on your topic.
Descriptor Searching: Descriptors are the controlled vocabulary (or tags) used within a database to organize material. If you can find the right descriptors for your topic, you can focus your search on relevant articles and be sure that you've found everything on your topic.
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Choose keywords from your topic to use as search terms.
Developing an effective search strategy will assist in retrieving better quality results when searching the library catalogue, databases and the internet.
|Choose a relevant journal database to search for scienfitic articles on your topic. Visit the 'Find Physics Research' page in this guide to find databases that might contain articles on your topic.||Journal articles provide the most current information and searching a database is a great way of locating articles on a specific topic.|
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