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Developing a search strategy

» Defining the topic
Considering the scope of your topic
» Identifying the main or important aspects
» Compiling a list of keywords
» Developing your search strategy

Considering the scope of your search

Do you need information from a particular type of publication?   Are you checking patents or theses?  This will determine the databases and indexes you search.

If you need to refer to technical standards or patents you may need to search databases like Standards Australia or IP Australia Patents Database.

If you were searching to see if a thesis already exists on your topic, you would search Trove that contains doctoral dissertations and masters theses from 43 universities in Australia and New Zealand. For international theses, select the ProQuest Dissertations and Theses database.

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Effective searching
Developing a search
     strategy

» Searching the library
   catalogue

» Finding journal articles
   and papers

» Searching the Internet
» Other sources