* You can download a search plan template (source: University of Melbourne) - see below.
Search in Google Scholar for academic results.
Having trouble coming up with keywords?
Consider common spelling variations when planning your search, eg. behaviour/behavior; centre/center.
1. Establish the main topics or themes in your research question
For example, if your project involves alternative energy sources:
2. Brainstorm a list of keywords for each of the main topics or themes
For example, for the term Energy, you might think of the words:
Note: this is not a complete list, you will need to brainstorm your own list of keywords.
3. Develop a search strategy by combining your keywords
You can then try searching in the library catalogue and databases using combinations of your keywords.
It's best to start out with a broad search that just uses a few keywords. If you get lots of results you can then narrow your search by adding more keywords.