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The Research Process: The Research Process | Develop a Strategy

THE RESEARCH PROCESS - Develop a strategy


Brainstorming keywords

Include synonyms and related terms

Try combining keywords

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Tools for developing a strategy


  • Make note of keywords as you gather background info
  • Concept mapping will result in identifying keywords
  • Check a subject specific or database specific thesaurus


  • When combining keywords use AND between each piece of your topic, use OR in between similar keywords for each piece of your topic, use NOT to exclude something