IDH 2010: Acquisition of Knowledge (Wilkins)

SEARCHING TIPS

DO THIS BEFORE YOU START YOUR RESEARCH 

The research process begins with thinking about you want to know more about.  

  • Brainstorm with yourself
  • Identify potential topics that interest you
  • Write down relevant words, phrases, acronyms, and synonyms
  • Define subjects or concepts 
  • Identify keywords or terminology commonly used in the literature 
     

DEVELOP A RESEARCH STATEMENT

  • Draft a concise sentence describing your topic:
    • What is the accuracy of information found on the Internet?

  • Convert your concise sentence into a search statement
    • IDEA: Highlight or circle the **KEY** words in your sentence
    • EXAMPLE:  ​Is the Internet democratizing knowledge access and/or creation? 
       
  • This search statement can be written and searched in this way:
    • Internet   AND   Knowledge   AND   Democracy
       

TEST YOUR SEARCH
 

  • Determine if your search results are good
  • Did you find too much or too little?  Narrow or broaden your search.
  • Use the thesaurus or Subject Terms in the database
  • Look for good Subject Terms in an appropriate citation 
  • Revise your search strategy based on retrieved results if needed
  • Try different ideas, search terms, databases, etc.
  • Search again


OTHER

  • Write down your search statement, what databases you searched in and what your results were
  • Review AND, OR and NOT (see below)
  • Use the Searching Worksheet (see below) to help you think through your keywords 
  • Use the HELP feature 
  • Use the references in good articles or the bibliographies in good books to locate additional information

BOOLEAN OPERATORS

Review this diagram to understand how using AND, OR, and NOT will help you broaden or narrow your search in a database to get the best results.

SEARCHING WORKSHEET

Use this worksheet to think through the most efficient way to search for information about your topic in the databases.