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ECE4416 Library Information Session

Designing Search Strategies

  • Select keywords from your research topic
  • Find synonyms or related terms for each of the keyword you identified above
  • Use Boolean operators (AND, OR) to connect your keyword; Combine concepts using AND, and combine alternate terms within a concept using OR
  • Select search tools (library catalogue, databases, etc.)
  • Conduct your search
  • Review your search results and revise your search if necessary

You can use the Search Strategy Worksheet below to help you develop your search strategies.

Information Sources for ECE4416 course projects


Find background information using:


Find trade publication articles using:

Note: You can search both databases (and others) at the same time by clicking the little triangle arrow next to "Searching" at upper left corner of the search interface.


Find scholarly journal articles using:


Citing your References

Access the full text of articles

  • Click at the Get it @ Western button to try to get fulltext online. If Get it @ Western doesn't get you fulltext, search the library catalogue's holdings by Journal Title.
  • If the journal issue or conference proceeding isn't in the library catalogue, search for it on the web. You may be able to get it for free.
  • If all else fails, order the article through InterLibrary Loan (RACER) (free for most items for Western users).


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