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Welcome to this research guide created for Executive PhD students. This LibGuide will help you locate useful resources. Please use the tabs at the top for help in finding the information that you need.
Creating a search strategy helps researchers in many ways:
These are the main steps in creating a search strategy:
1. Define your topic in a complete phrase or sentence.
What is global warming, what is its cause and how can we control it?
2. Circle the keywords in your sentence.
global warming, cause, control
3. Generate synonyms for the keywords listed in #2.
Global warming: climate change, ice melting, El Niño, La Niña
Cause: reason, basis, explanation, source, origin
Control: manage, cope with, deal with, organize, direct, oversee
4. List the requirements for your articles (do they need to be scholarly, current within a certain number of years, or have other requirements?).
This assignment requires that articles not be older than 5 years old, must be from peer-reviewed article, and each must be at least 3 pages long.
5. Try some searches!
Download a Blank Search Strategy template in MS Word.