Developing a Search Strategy

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Developing a Search Strategy

  1. 1. CRICOS No. 00213J Developing an effective Search Strategy
  2. 2. CRICOS No. 00213J 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!
  3. 3. CRICOS No. 00213J 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. Part 1: What do I need and How do I find it? Example Topic:
  4. 4. CRICOS No. 00213J For your chosen topic : (1) Identify the  directive words  any limiting words  main concepts (2) Think of alternative words for each main concept
  5. 5. CRICOS No. 00213J 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.
  6. 6. CRICOS No. 00213J 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. Directive word Main Concepts Example Topic:
  7. 7. CRICOS No. 00213J 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.
  8. 8. CRICOS No. 00213J Example Topic: We thought of alternative words, synonyms, alternate spellings + related terms using a thesaurus, Nursing dictionary and the Unit Textbook. Nurse Nursing, Nurses Clever science, knowledgeable, educated, competent, technical Care art, caring, holistic, compassionate, empathetic, Concept 1 Concept 2 Concept 3
  9. 9. CRICOS No. 00213J 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
  10. 10. CRICOS No. 00213J Nurse Nursing Nurses Clever science knowledge competent OR educated OR technical Care art caring holistic OR compassionate OR empathetic Search strategy for example topic: OR OR OROR OROR OR OR AND AND Concept 1 Concept 2 Concept 3 Remember, you don’t have to use all your terms at the same time!
  11. 11. CRICOS No. 00213J 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 eg nurs* , will retrieve the terms nurse, nurses, nursing , etc For eg, aggress* , will retrieve the terms aggressive, aggression, etc
  12. 12. CRICOS No. 00213J Library CRICOS No.00213J Division of Technology Information and Learning Support Where can I use this strategy? Library Catalogue Books, videos, DVDs, kits Internet searching Obscure topics, Government + organisational reports, company information Library Databases Newspaper + journal articles, conference papers, theses Slide 14

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