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  • Developing an effective Search Strategy
  • Why is a search strategy [Plan] important?
    • There is a lot of information out there
    • It will help us identify what we need to
    look for
    • It will help you formulate clinical
    questions form a case study
    • It will help us to search more effectively
    • It will save us time!
  • Part 1:
    What do I need and How do I find it?
    Example 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 .
    • Construct an argument to support your position.
    • 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
    • any limiting words
    • main concepts
    (2) Think of alternative words for each main concept
  • 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.
  • Example 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 .
    • Construct an argument to support your position.
    • 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
  • Thinking of alternate words or synonyms for your main concepts is very important!
    Example: Peripheral Arterial disease.
    Also referred to as: Peripheral Vascular disease or PAD or PVD or peripheral artery occlusive disease or PAOD.
    Example: Panadol
    Panadol is the Trade name but not the Drug name. Paracetamol is the drug name in Australian and the UK. Acetaminophen is the drug name in the U.S.
    Get help with this from general resources such as a Nursing Dictionary or a subject textbook. This will ensure that you find all the synonyms or variations and that you understand each concept thoroughly.
  • Example Topic:We thought of alternative words, synonyms, alternate spellings + related terms using a thesaurus, Nursing dictionary and the Unit Textbook.
    Concept 1
    Concept 2
    Concept 3
  • Constructing a Search Strategy using Boolean Operators and your key concepts:
    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
  • Search strategy for exampletopic:
    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!
  • Searching tools
     
    As well as Boolean ‘AND’ and ‘OR’…
    Phrase Searching
     
    Use “inverted commas” or “quotation marks” around phrases. For eg“peripheral arterial disease”, “eating disorders”, “higher education”.
     
    Truncation
     
    Try truncating a term to broaden your search results. The truncation symbol is usually the asterisk
    For egnurs*, will retrieve the terms nurse, nurses, nursing , etc
    For eg, aggress* , will retrieve the terms aggressive, aggression, etc
  • 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