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Effective Searching: Part 1 - Key Concepts (Generic Web)

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Effective Searching: Part 1 - Key Concepts (Generic Web)

  1. 1. Effective Searching 1: Define your Concepts
  2. 2. 1. Effective searching overview: key concepts 2. Broadening your Search - synonyms, wildcards, truncation tools 3. Narrowing your search - proximity connectors, phrase searching, exclusions 4. Constructing your search - grouping, search history, evaluating your search 5. Citation Searching Presentations summary
  3. 3. Effective Searching 1: Defining your Concepts This short slide deck will provide an overview of defining the key concepts around which you will construct your search strategy. It forms part 1 of a series covering some of the tools available to you to construct an effective search. For examples of existing models for identifying key concepts, see the accompanying Key Concepts: Existing Models Guide.
  4. 4. Effective Searching Define your information need • What types of resource do you need? • Identify where to search. • Identify your key concepts. Broaden your search • Be compre- hensive. • Ensure nothing is missed un- necessarily. • “Cast your nets wide.” Narrow your search • Be focused. • Exclude any ‘noise’. • Ensure you can use your reading time most efficiently. • “Use the right nets.” Evaluate your results • Identify gaps. • Assess un- expected results. • Review search terms with new knowl- edge. Make your results work for you • Be efficient with your time. • Search alerts. • Citation searching. See our LibGuide “Where to Search”
  5. 5. - Define your information need Effective Searching – defining your key concepts Concept 1 Concept 3Concept 2 “Evaluating the impact of crime enacted by teenagers in the inner city”
  6. 6. - Define your information need Effective Searching – defining your key concepts Concept 1 Concept 3Concept 2 “Evaluating the impact of crime enacted by teenagers in the inner city” Looking at the question, think about what the three broad topics, or concepts, you will need to find information on…
  7. 7. - Define your information need Concept 1 Concept 3Concept 2 “Evaluating the impact of crime enacted by teenagers in the inner city” Effective Searching – defining your key concepts
  8. 8. - Define your information need Concept 1 Concept 3Concept 2 “Evaluating the impact of crime enacted by teenagers in the inner city” Phenomenon of Interest Setting Population / Sample Effective Searching – defining your key concepts
  9. 9. - Define your information need Concept 1 Concept 3Concept 2 “Evaluating the impact of crime enacted by teenagers in the inner city” Phenomenon of Interest Setting Population / Sample Methodology type Intervention type Time period Object / Classification / Theme Effective Searching – defining your key concepts See Key Concepts: Existing Models Guide for further examples
  10. 10. teenagers crime inner city Your identified broad concepts around which you will base your search. Effective Searching – defining your key concepts
  11. 11. teenagers crime inner city Effective Searching – defining your key concepts Next steps: To identify the different keywords, terms, phrases which describe each of the key concepts identified.
  12. 12. Effective Searching Define your information need • What types of resource do you need? • Identify where to search. • Identify your key concepts. Broaden your search • Be compre- hensive. • Ensure nothing is missed un- necessarily. • “Cast your nets wide.” Narrow your search • Be focused. • Exclude any ‘noise’. • Ensure you can use your reading time most efficiently. • “Use the right nets.” Evaluate your results • Identify gaps. • Assess un- expected results. • Review search terms with new knowl- edge. Make your results work for you • Be efficient with your time. • Search alerts. • Citation searching.
  13. 13. Effective Searching 2: Broaden your search

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