Western Libraries

CEE2217 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.

Finding general and business information

Your choice of topic article databases will depend on your topic. Use the following suggestions as a starting point:

General - these databases are multidisciplinary and can be used as a starting point for any topic


Business, International & Current Affairs