Constructing Your Search
To ensure you make the most of your search:-
- break down your topic into terms (note: if you spend a lot of time on this, it makes your search easier)
- consider synonyms (similar words) for your terms... as well as plurals and alternative spellings
- work out how to join your search terms together into a search query using AND, OR, NOT
- choose the best places to search for the information you need - remember you can ask a librarian for help with this!
- depending on which tools you are searching, you may have to do a number of different searches to get the best results - experiment!
Tip: some online resources use the asterisk - * - a wildcard which will search for alternative endings of terms to broaden your search (e.g. movie* will search for movie or movies)
- refine your results using the options on the screen (e.g. with Primo and some other tools, you can limit to on the left peer-reviewed journals
- choose a relevant-looking resource from the list
- review your information to ensure it is a quality resource for your research (see the Evaluating Info tab).