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Brainstorm keywords to use in your search.
Ask yourself the following questions:
Developing an effective search strategy will assist in retrieving better quality results when searching the library catalogue, databases and the internet.
This can be tricky as the same idea can be expressed in many ways. To ensure best results when searching, brainstorm several keywords whenever possible.
|Choose a relevant journal database to search for scienfitic 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.||
Keyword searching is essentially taking your best guess at the terms which will appear in articles that are about your topic. This can be a very effective way of searching. However, you may get a number of irrelevant results because the keywords you chose may appear in irrelevant articles. You also never know if you've found all the article on your topic.
Tip: The next time you're using a library catalogue/database or looking at a book or article, take note of the author defined keywords or keywords and subject headings used then try using those terms in your next search.
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