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Module 1
Asking Good Questions
Module 2
Finding Information
Module 3
Selecting the Best
Module 4
Putting it Together
Module 5
Your Project
Module 6
Making the Grade

How do I apply effective search strategies?

You develop search strategies whenever you have an information need. For instance, if you are about to purchase a new cell phone, you will need to know how to find information on all types of cell phones. You don't want information about the history of cell phones, or how to use them safely when driving, but you would need information on battery life, storage space, and camera quality. 

When looking for your own information need or for an assignment, you want to find the information you need quickly. Remember to plan your search strategy. A little planning will save you time. Now let's look at your research assignment.


Review your assignment and follow these steps:

  1. Before you begin finding information for your research project, answer these questions:
    • What is required?
    • How many sources do I need?
    • What types of sources do I need?
  2. Review the questions you developed for your research project in the Developing Your Questions Word document or PDF (from Module 1) and begin developing your search strategies.
  3. Develop search terms from a few of your research questions.
  4. Develop combinations of search terms.
  5. Keep track of your search terms and search term combinations.

Compare a few initial searches on the Search Tracking Form Word document or PDF. 

#3 Search for information for your research project using ISearch. Go to ISearch and type in your search terms in the search box. Explore the results in each of the search tabs. Then branch out to other research tools including Google.

Show what you know about searching with this quiz.