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How to Search for Sources and Manage Them

How to develop a search strategy

Plan Your Search Strategy

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Before you start searching for information, plan your search strategy carefully. It will save you time, bring order to your search, and generate relevant results.

A search strategy must be structured and transparent, consisting of identifying, collecting and processing information on a chosen or given subject, based on reliable sources.

This guide presents the different stages of the process with useful tips and links in a simple way.

Step by step

  1. Formulate your research question
  2. Select sources and tools
  3. Build search techniques in the chosen tools
  4. Evaluate the results
  5. Manage your literature

But keep in mind that a trial and error approach is part of the job.