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  • Library Catalogue Do Keyword search Show Phrase limiting or truncation Show advanced search – file type Show Journal Title Search Mention eBooks
  • Recapping: you now have a variety of tools / strategies you can use in your searchingWhat if your search isn’t working? Too likely scenarios you are getting too much information without enough focus (your search is too broad) or you don’t get enough or even any results. If there are no results I am suspicious and suspect that my spelling may be incorrect or that there is an issue with the platform


  • 1. Information Retrieval Skills
  • 2. Information retrieval for research
    It is important that you develop effective information retrieval skills so that you can:
    Get perspective on a topic
    Identify information and ideas relevant to your work
    Avoid reinventing the wheel
    Increase your knowledge of a subject area
    Provide intellectual content for your own work
    Complete a successful search for a literature review
  • 3. Planning for your search
    Reflect on your information needs before you start
    Identify key concepts from your assignment requirements
    • Background reading & viewing, brainstorm with peers, concept map
    Identify synonyms, related terms, alternative spelling and abbreviations
    Determine search limits such as date, geography
    Determine appropriate types of sources of information you need (journal articles, books, reports, statistics, conference proceedings)
    Determine best search tools (Database(s), Library Catalogue, Google)
  • 4. Search Strategies and Tips
    • Using ‘AND’ narrows a search: results must include both terms, e.g.:
    • 5. SMEs AND “employment relations”
    Using ‘OR’ broadens a search: results can include either term, e.g.:
    • “public service” OR “civil service”
    • 6. pay OR salary OR remuneration
    • 7. SMEs OR “small and medium-sized enterprises”
    Using ‘NOT’ specifies a term must not appear in the results, e.g.:
    • accounting NOT forensic
    When searching for phrases, some databases require quotation marks “….. ” , e.g.:
    • “leadership style”
    • 8. “change management”
  • Where do you start looking?
    Library Catalogue
  • 9. Search Tools – the contents
    • Books, eBooks, chapters
    • 10. Journals and conferences
    • 11. Standards (International)
    • 12. DVDs, CDs
    • 13. Selected websites
    • 14. Selected reports
    • Journal articles
    • 15. Conference papers
    • 16. Newspaper and trade magazines
    • 17. Professional membership resources
    • 18. Online reference and statistics
    • 19. Company reports
    • Professional association resources
    • 20. Government sites and reports
    • 21. Company information
  • Google- Tips
    Use advanced search
    Limit to file types and domains
    Use phrase searching
    Use Google Scholar
    Set up access full-text at QUT
    Consider other search engines
  • 22. Library Catalogue Tips
    Start with keyword searching
    Use item records to identify subject headings
    Use Subject Headings to focus your search
    Use Advanced Search
    Limit item types
    Use Journal Title search to locate full text
  • 23. Databases to consider
    Use the Library Database guides to help you
    ABI/Inform Global (via ProQuest)
    Business Source Elite (via EBSCOhost)
    Emerald Management Xtra
    PsycArticles (via EBSCOhost)
    ScienceDirect (Business, Management & Accounting ‘Subject Corner’)
    Wiley Interscience
    Workplace Info
    Tip: If you know a key journal in your field identify which database it is in and search that database – often you will find similar journals in the same database
  • 24. Databases
    Use the database guide
    Research is interdisciplinary – think outside of the box
    Do not limit yourself to full text only
    Use limiters and controlled vocabulary to focus your search
  • 25. Too much or too little?
    Too much Information
    Is your topic too broad?
    Narrow your topic using more specific terms
    Use AND
    Use date limiters / search limiters
    Not enough information
    Is your search too specific?
    Check your spelling!
    Use TRUNCATION and OR operators
    Are you looking in the right place
    Maybe there isn’t much on the topic
  • 26. Some final notes
    Think before you start – concept map / brainstorm
    Start with the catalogue – database – internet
    Develop a search strategy and be prepared to change it!
    Record all the details of all your references as you go
    You will need this information for your in-text citations and reference lists
    Remember one useful book / article leads to others
    References (back in time)
    Cited By (forward in time)