To get the best out of online databases and search engines, improving your search skills can help you to:
Whether you are searching an online catalogue, a bibliographic database or using Google, it is helpful to plan your search in advance. This will save you time in the long-run.
These allow you to be specific about the topic area you are interested in. The following video shows you how to break down your topic into key concepts and consider alternative keywords and spellings.
Alternatively, go to Thinking about keywords (pdf).
Defining keywords is important wherever you are searching. However, different search skills may be required to search the internet and bibliographic databases or online catalogues. Another way of finding relevant information is to use citation searching.
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