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Why plan your search

When conducting research into a new topic area it is really important to think about the way in which you search for information. It will ensure you find the key resources and improve the quality of your results. Spending time thinking about your search topic, considering what words or phrases to use and devising a strategy will guarantee to improve the quality of of your results and in the long run save you time.

The process of finding literature can be broken into phases as below.

  • Planning your search
  • Conducting your search
  • Saving and refining your search results
  • Evaluating your search