Answered By: Ken Fujiuchi
Last Updated: Jul 31, 2014     Views: 30

Planning Your Search Strategy

  1. State your topic idea as a statement or question.   Example: How has the Internet influenced the political participation of today's youth?  
  2. Identify your main concepts. These are the key words you will later type in the Summon search box.


  • CONCEPT 1 Internet
  • CONCEPT 2 political participation
  • CONCEPT 3 youth
  1. It is helpful to make a list of synonyms and related terms used to describe each concept. For example, synonyms for youth could be "young adults" or "teenagers."
  2. Think about your search limits.  Do you want to limit your search to current materials or do you need a broader historical view?  Are you looking for scholarly or popular resources? What are the requirements of the assignment?
  3. Summon, the library's discovery service, is a great starting point to identify relevant library materials (including peer reviewed journal articles) for your research.