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Search Strategy

Adopted from the original Search Strategy Worksheet on the HSU Library website

Step One

STEP 1: SUMMARIZE TOPIC

Clearly state your topic in one or two sentences. Be as specific as possible.

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Examples:    I want to find information on how home schooling affects social development.
  I want to investigate the seasonal patterns in the vertical distribution of phytoplankton.

Step Two

STEP 2: IDENTIFY CONCEPTS

Underline or number the main concepts represented in the topic summary completed above. Concepts are the different ideas which make up each unique search topic. Most topics can be broken down into two or three main concepts.

 
Examples:  
  1   2  
I want to find information on how  home schooling  affects  social development .
 
  1   2   3  
I want to investigate the 
seasonal patterns 
in the  vertical distribution of  phytoplankton .