Before you can begin searching for information in a print or online resource, you need to identify keywords related to your topic. Key terminology can be found easily by scanning:
If you are still struggling, then try these suggestions:
The easiest way to search for information electronically is to enter a couple of keywords into the search box of the resource and see what type of results you get. However, this strategy will often result in too few, too many, or irrelevant results.
In order to retrieve the most relevant results, try using a combination of keywords. You may also want to try truncation symbols.
Truncation or wildcard symbols can broaden your search and allow you to look for word variations. For example, searching sport* would bring up variations such as sport, sports, sporting, sporty, etc.
Note: The truncation symbol varies depending on the electronic resource you are searching. For more information, consult the database’s “help” or “search tips” pages.
Background research serves many purposes.
If you are not finding enough information, your topic may be too narrow. Consider broadening it by
If you are finding too much information, your topic may be too broad. Consider narrowing it by:
Smaller piece of the topic