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  • 1. Part 1:
    What do I need and How do I find it?
    Developing an effective Search Strategy
  • 2. Why is a search strategy [Plan] important?
    • There is a lot of information out there
    • 3. It will help us identify what we need to
    look for
    • It will help us to search more effectively
    • 4. It will save us time
  • Part 1:
    What do I need and How do I find it?
    Your Topic:
    You are required to adopt a position on the following statement (agree or disagree/take a side)
    The statement :
    Nurses need to be clever (knowledgeable) to care
    • State whether you agree or disagree with the statement .
    • 5. Construct an argument to support your position.
    • 6. Justifying and support your position with contemporary evidence from a variety of relevant information sources such as journal articles and textbooks.
  • For your chosen topic :
    (1) Identify the
    • directive words
    • 7. any limiting words
    • 8. main concepts
    (2) Think of alternative words for each main concept
  • 9. Directive words – What kind of assignment is this?
    An analysis?
    An argument?
    A discussion?
    A comparison?
    Main Concepts – Identify what this assignment is really about.
    Three maybe four concepts/words.
  • 10. Your Topic:
    You are required to adopt a position on the following statement (agree or disagree/take a side)
    The statement :
    Nurses need to be clever (knowledgeable) to care
    • State whether you agree or disagree with the statement .
    • 11. Construct an argument to support your position.
    • 12. Justifying and support your position with contemporary evidence from a variety of relevant information sources such as journal articles and textbooks.
    Main Concepts
    Directive word
  • 13. Main concepts… brainstorm alternative words, synonyms, alternate spellings + related terms.
    Concept 1
    Concept 2
    Concept 3
  • 14. Constructing a Search Strategy using Boolean Operators
    Operator OR broadens a search
    Nurses
    200 records
    Nursing
    300
    records
    OR
    500 records
    Operator AND narrows a search
    Clever
    1000
    records
    Nurses
    200 records
    AND
    100 records
  • 15. Our search strategy for your topic:
    OR
    OR
    Concept 1
    AND
    OR
    OR
    Concept 2
    OR
    AND
    Concept 3
    OR
    OR
    OR
    Remember, you don’t have to use all your terms at the same time!
  • 16. Searching tools
     
    As well as Boolean ‘AND’ and ‘OR’…
    Phrase Searching
     
    Use “inverted commas” or “quotation marks” around phrases. For eg“early childhood education”, “eating disorders”, “women drivers”.
     
    Truncation
     
    Try truncating a term to broaden your search results. The truncation symbol is usually the asterisk
    For egchild* , will retrieve the terms children, child, childless , etc
    For eg, aggress* , will retrieve the terms aggressive, aggression, etc
  • 17. Internet searching
    Library Catalogue
    Obscure topics, Government + organisational reports, company information
    Books, videos, DVDs, kits
    Library Databases
    Newspaper + journal articles, conference papers, theses
    Where can I use this strategy?
    Library
    Slide 14
    Division of Technology Information and Learning Support
    CRICOS No.00213J