Business Library Research. Strategies & Techniques. Sample Search Strategy. Search strategy is a systematic method or plan used to find the most relevant information about a topic. Choose a topic. Topic: Pharmaceutical Industry
Strategies & Techniques
Search strategy is a systematic method or plan used to find the most relevant information about a topic.
Narrower topic: Competition in Pharmaceutical Industry
Other common type of databases used in Business are statistical databases, financial databases, eBook databases, and textual databases such as for market research or investment reports.
To demonstrate the breadth of search functions and techniques, let’s look at two types of library databases, the Online Catalog and the Journal Index Database.
ABI/INFORM subject headings
Library of Congress subject headings.
You may limit a search to a particular:
Convenient methods to expand searches for different variations of a term/name. Symbols are used to replace letters within a word:
truncation: economi* = economic,
economics, economists, economy
wild card: wom?n = woman, women
Most online databases and search engines have an advanced-search interface that has built-in Boolean operators. For more detail, see:http://www.siue.edu/lovejoylibrary/services/instruction/pdf/Boolean_Operators_old_interface_1.10.pdf
Boolean operators: AND, OR, and NOT
Sort or rank by date, relevance, title, author
Mark selected records
View or link to full-text if appropriate, using linking “Find Full-text” icons.
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