Posted by ebennett included in Research Tips
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 . . .