Answered By: Your Library Team
Last Updated: Aug 17, 2018     Views: 5

This relates to searching for material about a topic when you don't have any specific recommended items.

If you need to find a specific book or journal use University Collections search. If you need a specific journal article use Articles and More search.

Before starting to search it is important to spend a little time thinking about your topic and planning a search strategy. Preparation is important and can save you time later on.

Consider exactly what you are being asked to write about. Identify the key words and concepts and try writing down your ideas as individual words or phrases. See example below.

Example essay question: 
Explore the opportunities that social media presents for collaborative research.

Key words and concepts:


opportunities

"social media"

"collaborative research"

Make a list of similar or alternative words that could be used within your searching. Lecture notes might be a good source for initial search terms and you can build these up as you search. See example below.

Alternative words:


opportunities

"social media"

"collaborative research"
possibilities
"social networks"
"collaborative projects"
challenges
"content communities"
"group work"
...
blog
networking
...
web 2.0
...