How to Come Up with Search Terms
When you are researching for a paper, using the right search terms will often determine whether or not you find the resources you need. Sometimes, figuring out what to search for is even harder than picking articles, or writing the paper itself! In fact, as a librarian, one of the most common questions I get asked is, "How do I figure out what to search for?"
While there is no one true, universal method, there are a lot of things you can do to find the right keywords and quickly access what you need!
Why is Coming Up with Search Terms Hard?
In order to learn how to optimize your searching, it's important to understand why coming up with the right terms is difficult, and why it can be even harder to get search engines to call up the proper results.
But what if I'm not getting ENOUGH search results, even after following these tips?
So, How Do I Find the Right Words?
So, how do you get around all those problems? Luckily, I have a few tips for you!