Take time to plan your search approach including where to search and what keywords to use.
Searching is an organic process. Adapt your strategy to incorporate new keywords you discover to find more relevant results.
Start by highlighting the key content words, the main ideas, in your research question or task.
Ask: What do I need to find out? How would I explain my task/question to another person?
Tip: Also note any task words which tell you what to do e.g. discuss, argue, analyse, compare etc. You do not need to search on these.
Next consider any synonyms or alternative keywords you could include in your searches. Note these down.
Ask: Do authors refer to the key concepts (main ideas) in other ways? What keywords are used in the course website or readings?
Tip: Besides synonyms consider common acronyms, plurals, different word forms and different word spellings.
Use a table or mind map to capture and organise keywords.
Created using bubbl.us other free programs are available online including Text2MindMap