Planning Your Search

The following tutorials are here to help you construct a research topic, plan out your search strategy, and get you ready for an effective database search.

Text Tutorials

  • Mapping Your Topic
    • If you have a good idea for what you want to research, the best thing to start with is a visual map of your research topic. This way, if needed, you can narrow your topic, create keywords, and identify related terms.
  • Search Tips: Boolean Operators and More
    • Get accustomed to the more advanced commands (called "operators") in scholarly databases.
  • Constructing Your Search Strategy
    • After you have your topic mapped and know all about operators, this worksheet will help you write out your search strategy.