Search design and execution
The principles of research based on any resource also apply to web-based research:
- Decide on the keywords that you need to search for.
- Be specific - do not search on very general topics.
- Use more than one keyword if possible, so that you can narrow down your search. Join them with AND, OR, NOT
- Beware that a few search engines automatically link words with OR rather than AND so if a document contains only one of the words you have entered it will still be picked up
- Think of synonyms for your topics and join them with OR e.g. bedsores or pressure sores
- Think of different (especially American) spellings for your keywords e.g. color/colour
- A few search engines accept truncation. * is the usual symbol. For example medic* will search for medicine, medicines, medical, medics, medicinal, medication, medicament, medicate etc. simultaneously
- To search on an exact phrase or a name, put it into double quotes e.g. "Hull Truck Theatre".
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