Database Search Strategies

1. Develop a search topic

Write your research question as completely yet briefly as possible

2. Identify key concepts

What are the main concepts of your research question?

3. Translate concepts to terms

What are some synonyms or related terms for each of your concepts?

4. Connect the terms

Connect your key terms using Boolean operators.

5. Complete the search strategy

Now complete the search strategy by truncating terms when appropriate.