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BIOL Course Guide: Strategies

Developing an Effective Research Strategy

In this video, you will learn how to plan an effective research strategy to find information on a topic.  Planning a research strategy will help you focus your searching in the library's databases.  Your research strategy will help you keep track of which keywords you used to find which articles.

Using a Search Strategy in the Database

Now let's take a look at an example of how you would apply the search strategy from the video in the database ProQuest Central.


Here, you have your keywords and related keywords:


Here is one search strategy using the main keywords in the database:


Here is another search strategy from entering the related keywords in the database: