This session will introduce a process for searching, accessing, and organising high-quality research sources for a topic.
The session will begin by discussing question frameworks, which is one way of identifying the important concepts in their research question. You will then look at how to create a search strategy for an individual concept incorporating synonyms and operators.
Finally, the session will demonstrate how to execute a search in a relevant multi-disciplinary database, apply filters and other strategies to broaden or narrow a search, and showcase some of the advanced functionality available in the database.
Instructors: James Murphy, Bronte Burnette-Chiang, Kyla Flanagan
By the end of this session, you will be able to:
- Create a focused research question using a question framework
- Create a search string containing synonyms for a given concept
- Identify the best database or information source for your topic
- Utilise operators such as truncation, phrase searching, and Boolean operators
- Understand metrics and other methods to assess the quality of information
- Identify alternate sources such as archival materials, data, GIS, traditional knowledge, and others
This session will be held in-person.