Before you begin looking for resources for your assignment or research, focus on planning your search strategy. A small amount of time now will save you time and frustration later. Here are some tips on planning your search.
Before you start researching for an assignment it is a good idea to plan out your search strategy. Use this downloadable search planner to get started.
To increase your search results you can apply some of the strategies outlined below:
Join similar terms with OR, for example:
"university" OR "higher education" to ensure either term appears in your results
organi?ation will find both organisation and organization
Use the truncation symbol at the end of your terms to find variant endings. The truncation symbol is usually the asterisk * for example:
Note: truncation symbol can vary between databases, so it’s best to check in the search tips section of the database to see which symbol is used.
To narrow your search results you can apply some of the strategies outlined below:
Join different concepts or ideas with AND, for example:
"primary students" AND "mathematics skills" to ensure both terms appear in your results.