Developing your search terms

Now that you’ve identified the best sources for your research, it’s time to start searching! But what words should you use in your search?

This is actually trickier than it sounds. You have to walk the fine line of gathering every possible relevant article without pulling in too many papers that have nothing to do with your question. You also have to consider the various words different researchers might use to describe the same topic.

You can find plenty of online resources that go into great depth about how to develop your search terms, but let’s discuss a few quick tips and best practices to get you started on the next page.