Western Libraries

MME9670 Library Support

Engineering Research Guides

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 sources for your 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