To be able to search more efficiently and effectively can challenging if you are not sure of where or what to start your search. Here are some tips to get you started:
Allow enough time
Analyse your assignment
Begin with a brainstorm
Be careful with web-based research. See Evaluating sources
Look out for words with alternative spelling
Phrase searching. To be able to get more relevant or useful results:
you need your keywords to stick together in the exact order e.g. food habits.
you may need to enclose the words in quotation marks ( " " ) to create a search for the exact phrase e.g. “consumer behaviour”. This works best for two or three words.
Use the Boolean Operators AND (also + or &), OR, and NOT (also -)
Use wildcard symbols. Wild card is a symbol you can use either in the middle or at the end of a word to catch any alternate spelling options for that word.
Most common wildcard symbols are a question mark (?) or an asterisk (*).
Using the asterisk (*) for finding both singular or plural forms of a word e.g work* for work, works.
Using the asterisk (*) for finding words that begin with the root e.g. manag* for manage, manager, managing, managerial.
Using the question mark (?) for finding words spelled in different ways e.g. orgni?ation for organisation, organization.
Know your search limits.
Ask a librarian.
Check your reference lists of the resources you find.