Before you can begin using MultiSearch or the Library’s databases, you need to know exactly what it is you are searching for. This process includes:
In this tutorial, you’ll take a look at an assessment question and discover strategies with which to create lists of synonyms for each of the topics or key concepts it is asking you to write about.
Identifying the main topic words or key concepts from your assessment task is an essential first step in beginning the research process. Searching with these words and phrases will direct you towards the most relevant sources of information.
Once you have identified key concepts and topic words, make a list of synonyms or related concepts for each of them. In doing so, you are trying to list all the ways authors might write about that concept.
Use your readings, articles you’ve already found, subject words from journal databases, and other tools such as thesauri to find synonyms and alternative phrases.