Planning an effective search strategy can save you time and retrieve more relevant results. You need to start thinking about what terms will be most useful when searching for information.
This is a useful exercise because the language used to describe your topic may vary from source to source, and you don't want to miss out on a good source because it uses a different term to the one you are searching on.
Let's use this topic as an example:
Women in retirement, from the perspectives of psychological and social gerontological theory.
|Key concept||Other keywords to use while searching|
|Women||Older women, female, gender, woman,|
|Retirement||Retire, retiring, retire from work, superannuation, career|
|Gerontological||Gerontology, aged care, geriatric, elderly, senior, mature|
|Psychology||Psychological, mental health, attitude, mental wellbeing, mindset|
|Social||Sociological, society, societal, cultural, community, social perception|
Now that you have brainstormed a range of possible keywords, you can employ search techniques and start conducting research in Primo Search the A-Z Databases and Google Scholar.
Write down the key concepts from your topic and have a go at brainstorming as many alternative keywords and phrases as possible.
Thinking about your topic in this way forces you to describe your topic in "other words", which will provide you with some useful keyword alternatives as well as help you to cement your understanding of the topic.
Tip: Online dictionaries and thesauri can help you identify synonyms.