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Research Strategies 1: Getting Started: Search Strategy

Search Strategy

 

1. Once you have chosen a topic, write it down in the form of a question or brief statement:

What is the relationship between SAT scores and college success?

2. Underline the key words and phrases that are most specific to your topic.

What is the relationship between SAT scores and college success?

3. Write down each key word or phrase, and underneath it, list synonyms or related terms.

4. Use a dictionary or thesaurus to find additional keywords. For example:

SAT

  • scholastic aptitude test

college

  • university

success

  • achievement

 

5. Use the Search Tips to formulate your search strategy. (Boolean search, Truncation, Wildcards, and Phrase Searches). 

6. Now you can locate resources in a database or library catalog.

Example of a search strategy:

 (SAT or “scholastic aptitude test”) AND (college* or universit*) AND (sucee* or achieve*)