Creating a Good Search Strategy
There are 2 steps to creating a good search strategy:
1) Think about what information you need to find
- Break your topic down into main concepts or keywords.
- Think of synonyms, variant spellings, and related concepts.
- You will use these keywords when you start searching for background material, books, videos, articles, and web pages on your topic.
For example, if your research question is:
How is biotechnology used in food production in Canada?
Some keywords are:
- genetic modification
- genetically modified
- bio engineering
2) Ask yourself: where is that information likely to be?
There are many different types of sources that will offer different information. The following chart will help you decide where to look:
|Get This...||Using These...|
|Books and Videos|
|Research Databases (eg. Journals, Magazines, and Newspapers)|
|Anything and everything is here, but remember that includes information that is biased, unreliable, or even wrong.||Internet/World wide web|