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Tip 1: Brainstorm Keywords
Use the template below to help your organize your core concepts and keywords.
Tip 2: Keep Track of Searches
It is a good idea to keep a written record of how your search was conducted, especially if you are doing a literature review. You might create a document, table or spreadsheet with:
- Names of sources
- How you searched (keyword and/or subject headings) when searching different sources ( EBSCO, Google Scholar, ProQuest)
- Which terms you used (word and phrases)
- How you combined search terms ( e.g. AND/OR)
- Any limiters used (e.g. dates, publication type)
- The number of results from each source and each strategy used.
- See example below:
Source: ResearchGate Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International
Tip 3: Contact the Library!