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Identifying Keyword Search Terms and Searching
Use these slides to learn how to:
Identify key concepts
Develop a good search strategy
Apply the search to the Business
Source Complete Database
Understand database search
Find more information
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Search topic example:
What makes virtual teams succeed or fail? Is trust the root of any virtual team’s success?
Discuss using a minimum of 10 academic journal articles.
The question above wants to know how important trust is for the success of virtual
Key Concept 1: virtual teams
Key Concept 2: trust
Key Concept 3: success or fail
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Apply your key concepts to a database search strategy
Key concept 1: virtual teams = Search box 1: “virtual teams” or “virtual teamwork”
Key concept 2: trust = Search box 2: trust
Key concept 3: success = Search box 3: succeed or success* or fail*
Think of similar words or phrases to use
• Teamwork as well as teams
• Succeed as well as success
Use “inverted commas” so the database will search for the words together
Using OR between concepts will search the database for any of the concepts
Use the asterisk * symbol so the database will find words will different endings,
• Success* - you will find success, successes, successful
• Fail* - you will find fail, fails, failed, failure
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Using the Business Source Complete Database
1. Type one key concept per search box.
2. Leave AND in between each search box so the database knows to combine each concept.
3. To begin with leave the default search field as Select a Field. This will scan the abstract and
citation for your concepts.
• If you get too many search results, try adding another concept or narrow the results
using the limits, such as date.
4. Tick the Scholarly (Peer
Reviewed) Journals box
so that all results will be
5. Click Search.
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Database Searching Techniques
Searching tips to remember:
Databases have both scholarly and non-scholarly articles.
Make sure you tick the box if you only want to see scholarly
To improve the quality and quantity of your search results
add more OR terms. This tells the database to connect the
search terms by OR so it will search for any of those terms.
Truncation is when you put an asterisk * symbol at the end
of a word to search for all possible endings of a search
For keyword searching the best search field to begin with is
the default option. The default should include the abstract
and citation fields (not the full article).
If you are looking for a quick overview on a topic you may
like to try a Title field search. This will only find your terms
in the article title.
Apply limiting options such as date to narrow your search
results, where required.
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Need More Information?
Online videos (linking to YouTube):
• Business Source Complete Database – Finding Journal Articles
• Business Source Complete Database – Keyword Searching and Techniques
• Using the Library Search Tab – Topic Searching
• Finding Books - Using the Library Catalogue’s Keyword Search
Searching for Journal Articles – see the online tutorial in the Business & Management Library
Skills Module http://latrobe.libguides.com/content.php?pid=184702&sid=1611590
Searching for information – see the online Library Skills Module
Searching for books – see the online tutorial in the Business & Management Library Skills Module
Referencing – see the Academic Referencing Tool for examples of how to reference your sources
using the Harvard Referencing Style http://www.lib.latrobe.edu.au/help/style-guides.php