Search Process

Search Process

Searching the literature is an iterative process.

  • Write your topic out as a sentence or question 
  • Identify the main ideas (concepts)
  • Think of synonyms/related terms for each concept (search terms)
  • Combine the search terms
  • Select the database(s) you want to search
  • Execute search
  • Evaluate the results you find and revise your search strategy as necessary (and possibly your thesis)
  • Repeat
Content last updated: October 1, 2020