This is when you design a strategy that is essentially a plan of how you will look for information. The more care and thought you put into your search strategy, the more relevant your search results will be.

  • Make sure you understand the project / essay title.
  • Analyse your topic.
  • Highlight important aspects.
  • What are the main ideas?

Understand the question

Look for keywords and try and think of alternative terms or keywords for each concept you have identified in the question.

Check terms in the reference sources

Use the Library’s reference resources to define words or terms that you are unsure of, e.g. dictionaries and encyclopaedia. [This may be where you will be able to expand on your list of keywords.]