Ferris Library for Information, Technology, and Education
Developing Your Search Strategy
- Make a thesis statement about your assignment. What is your project going to answer or develop? What do you already know about your topic?
- Look over your assignment. Highlight the main point and key words you need for your search strategy.
- Identify key concepts. What two or three words describe the major points of your project?
- Think about alternate forms and synonyms of the words used.
- Develop "concept blocks", each concept block made of similar words that describe a topic, then link the topics together to see if you can get specific information about your thesis statement
Starting Your Search
- Use reference sources to get a broad overview of your topic.
- Use books to gain more background and depth about the topic.
- Move finally to journal articles to gain more current information and targeted specific facts and updates about the topic, and to substantiate your theories and research.
- Use reliable websites sparingly to add currency and authority if you are unable to find the materials in other ways.