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Search Strategies

Useful search tips for advanced searching

Creating a Search Strategy

  • Define your keywords: consider which synonyms and related terms would be useful
  • Use what you already know: use the reading lists or references in your textbook.  Are there authors writing or conducting research in the field?
  • Look at subject specific encyclopedias or dictionaries for more help with keywords or overviews of the topic
  • Use Boolean to focus or expand your research
  • Use FindIt@Flinders to find books, videos and articles: use keywords, truncation, phrase searching and subject headings
  • Use databases to find more specific information if required: check the databases' help pages for information about keywords, truncation, phrases, subject headings etc.
  • Evaluate your results and adjust the search or try a new search tool if required.


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