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ECE9608/SE4450 Library Support

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.

Finding information sources for ECE9608/SE4450 assignments

 

Finding background information

If you are new to your topic or would like to start by reading some more general background information, here are some good places to start:

 

Finding trade publication articles

 

Finding scholarly journal articles

Use Ulrich's Periodicals Directory to find out if journal is peer-reviewed

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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