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EDF 2005: Introduction to the Teaching Profession-Somers: Search Strategies

Search Tips

  • Analyse your topic: identify the main ideas or concepts you need to research
  • Develop a list of search terms including keywords and phrases
  • Consider alternative spellings and different word endings
  • Use more specific words or add words using AND to narrow your search
  • Use synonyms, related terms, or combine words using OR to broaden your search
  • Exclude words from your catalog search results using NOT
  • Use the Advance keyword search to search a particular building location, date of publication, language or format.

Boolean Operators Venn Diagram

Search Strategy Overview

Do you dread having to work on a research project?  It really isn't that bad if you have a planned search strategy before you begin.  See the tutorial below to help get you started!

Upload the handout to get yours started!

Refine your search

Using Boolean operators (AND, OR, NOT), to further limit ideas, concepts and topics. Use one or more of the following with your topic to narrow down an aspect of your topic. 

  • argument
  • attitudes
  • benefits
  • confronting
  • crimes against
  • crisis
  • criticism
  • debate
  • definition
  • ethics
  • health aspects
  • interviews
  • issues
  • (laws or regulations)
  • outcomes
  • outlook
  • political aspects
  • policy
  • prevention
  • projects
  • properties
  • psychological aspects
  • public opinion
  • reform
  • religious aspects
  • rights
  • research
  • social policy
  • statistical data
  • structure
  • theories
  • trend
  • usage
  • viewpoint

Remember to use "quotation marks" around phrases to search for words as phrases.