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The Research Process of Information Literacy

Apply Search Strategies

The key to successfully utilizing search tools such as library databases or Internet search engines is to apply search techniques that work well with these tools. Databases and search engines work by matching your keywords to words that appear in the sources; therefore, it is important to tell the search tool exactly what you want it to find. You can create a search string that employs particular search strategies to help you find the information you need.

The following steps will help you design your search string:

  1. Connect your keywords 
  2. Use punctuation