Searching Strategies

Introduction to Search Strategies

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Time needed to complete this module: 10 minutes

Learning Objectives: 

  • Develop search strategies based on topics and keywords.
  • Explain search connectors and apply

Developing a search strategy requires you to spend some time on keyword creation (link to keywords module) and to understand how to put those keywords together in a way that search engines, databases, and catalogs understand. One of the reasons Google is so popular is that it takes some of the strategy out of searching - we can search a phrase or a question or a random string of words and feel pretty confident that we’ll get at least some results back. Searching within library resources, like databases and catalogs, requires defining and refining an effective strategy. In this module, you’ll learn how to turn your list of keywords into a more concrete strategy for searching.

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