Topic search finds too many resources:
Topic search finds too few or no resources:
As you begin to think about the things you are interested in researching, you will describe your ideas a certain way. As you start doing research, however, new ideas for how to describe a topic will emerge.
From those ideas will come keywords. Keywords are needed to find out more about a topic and especially to locate articles and books on specific topics. Two important strategies in this process are:
Divide the topic into a few main concepts
Expand the list of keywords to expand results
Sample topic: Is memory loss related to aging?
The keywords are memory loss & aging
Link similar keywords with OR:
Combine these two collections with AND to get a larger search result:
The Search Strategy Builder lets you see what topic keywords look like using Boolean logic.
It can provide an idea of how to think about organizing your topic when searching article databases or the library catalog:
Last modified: December 15, 2015