Online Research Strategies
you begin: Analyze
your search topic to identify keywords, synonyms, phrases, organizations,
authorities, outliers, etc. Use this template:
Your Search Topic
with the online research tools available through the Hiebert
Library web site.
conducting online research on the world wide web, approach all
sites with a critical eye. Look for sites which are credible, accurate,
reasonable and show evidence of support.
the advanced search screens if they are available:
Most of the search engines have this feature and using it allows
you to zero in
you are looking for. The search engine's Help files can provide
very specific information on how to best use the advanced features
on the Advanced Search screens.
for multiple keywords: The search engine can only find what you
specifically ask for. Trying multiple arrangements of the search
often results in dramatic differences. The search engine generally
assumes that the keywords that you enter first have more importance
you enter later in the search string.
for phrases: Placing quotation marks around your search terms forces
the search engine to look for the phrase instead of the individual
words. Since phrases often have very different meanings than the
sum of the words in a phrase, phrase searching usually returns much
domain filtering to limit your results to the domains most likely
to return academically relevant information
content - outside the US)