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Finding Information: Creating a Search Strategy

Identifying Search Terms


The first step in creating a successful search strategy is to interpret your assignment brief and identify words and phrases that represent the most important ideas or concepts; these words and phrases will become your keywords. 

The resources below will help you to identify your keywords and how to incorporate them into your search strategy. 

mySearch Tutorial

mySearch tutorial


Creating an EBSCO Account - a tutorial

creating an EBSCO Host account

Advanced Search Techniques

This guide explores more advanced techniques for searching the literature.

Exporting results from mySearch - a tutorial

emailing and exporting results

Building your Search

Search Strategy Proforma

Different Types of Information


This guide from Westminster University takes you through, step by step, the different types of information you can use for your assignments.