Search Strategies In A Nutshell. By Jessica Yost. Where Do We Start. When conducting research using various search tools provided by the Internet, students should follow these simple steps to successful searching. 1. Brainstorm search terms & search tools 2. Conduct a preliminary search
Topic: What was popular culture like during World War II for young people living in America?
Use Boolean Operators such as “AND,” “OR,” “AND NOT,” “+,” and “-.”
Use the wild card symbol (*) to find various forms of a word (ex. Teen* = teenagers, teens, teenage).
Link phrases with quotation marks (ex. “World War II”). The “” hold the phrase together.
Field Searching (ex. URL, title, or first paragraph limiters).
Case sensitivity (ex. Butler eliminates results pertaining to household assistants.Use Search Operators to focus your topic
What words should be removed from your search terms? Use “AND NOT” to eliminate unneeded terms.
Utilize the advanced search options provided by the search tool you are using to narrow the topic.
In your preliminary search, did you find other synonyms or phrases that may prove useful in a more detailed search?
If your preliminary search yielded few useful results, consider alternative phrases, consult a thesaurus, or ask a teacher or the Library Media Specialist for ideas.
What information do you still need to complete your project?Refine your search terms and search strategies
Does the information collected create a clear picture of the problem you are trying to solve?
Does the information answer your research question thoroughly?
Is the information you found:
Make sure to evaluate the credibility and accuracy of every website used in your research.Evaluate the information collected and determine its use to your project
And always remember to think things through, plan ahead, and have fun!