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Fundamentals of searching

In this module, we explain the fundamentals of how to search effectively. Searching for information is not a neat, linear process. It is an evolving, circular and iterative process.

Here is what you need to do:

1. Plan your search based on what you already know.
2. Do the search.
3. Evaluate what you find – this is the critical step because it will give you ideas on how you can improve the search you just did.
4. Keep reviewing, refining and repeating your searches until you have found the publications you need for your research.

Keywords & synonyms

RAISE > Fundamentals of searching > Keywords & synonyms Keywords & synonyms Learning outcomes Identify relevant keywords and synonyms to use for literature search Why use keywords? Identifying synonyms (similar words) and related keywords for each of your concepts or themes will ensure that your […]

Build search strategy

RAISE > Fundamentals of searching > Build search strategy Build search strategy Learning outcomes Understand how to combine keywords and use database commands to build a search strategy FIRST HIDDEN Boolean operators (combine alternative search terms) AND Example: hospitality AND management Returns publications that mention […]

Apply search strategy

RAISE > Fundamentals of searching > Apply search strategy Apply search strategy Learning outcomes Conduct and limit searches within the library catalogue and databases Identify relevant databases for your topic Where to search Refining the search Watch an example Where to search SCU Library Catalogue […]

Evaluate information

RAISE > Fundamentals of searching > Evaluate information Evaluate information Learning outcomes Know where to locate information for evaluating resources e.g. date on a website (currency) or Ulrich’s for evidence of peer review Evaluating publications is important to ensure the information is suitable for your […]