September 26th, 2008

Keywords – They Ain’t All That.

I keep getting calls asking for “the right” keywords for a topic, like I, the Wise and Powerful Librarian can grant the perfect phrases that will find the one article that matches your assignment perfectly. :) While I am honored at the presumption, I feel like an extended series on different search strategies might be in order.

Keyword searching is only one strategy for searching the literature.

Here are five others that I can think of:

  • Controlled Vocabulary
  • Bibliographic Mining
  • Searching by Author
  • Using Dissertations as Signposts
  • Books and Methodology

Can you think of any others? In the next few weeks I hope to say a little about each one.

Stay tuned . . .

— Erika

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