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Developing a Search Strategy

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Developing a Search Strategy

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

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