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Search Strategy: Finding Information: Introduction to Planning Your Search Strategy

Effective Library Research: Planning Your Search Strategy

Before you start searching for information, take time to plan your search strategy. This is a crucial stage of the research process as:

  •  It will save you time
  •  Your searching will be more structured
  •  Your search results will be more relevant

 When you start out, you may feel overwhelmed by the breadth of information available.  However, by planning your searches in advance and applying effective search techniques,  you will find the most relevant content for your needs. 

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The guide is based on, with permission, Search Techniques: Planning your Search Strategy by University of Exeter.

Effective Library Research: Using This Guide

This guide will look at five of the key stages involved in planning and conducting searches for information:

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