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Introduction to Research: Humanities and Social Sciences

Search Strategies

When conducting research, the key to successful searching is not in the quantity of search results, but rather how relevant and appropriate they are to the topic.

Whether you are searching the web with a search engine such as Google, or searching a research resource like Omni or another library database, there are some common search techniques that can be employed to improve the efficiency of the search results.

In order to retrieve the most relevant results, you will need to construct a search string.  A search string is a combination of keywords, truncation symbols, and boolean operators you enter into the search box of a library database or search engine. 

For more information on how to develop a search strategy that will assist you to locate relevant information, check out the University of Saskatchewan Library's guide.