Boolean Search Strategy Checklist

How do I start?

1. Write a clear statement of the topic

2. Divide topic statement into concepts

3. Select words to express each concept (synonyms or closely-related words)

4. Truncate appropriate words

5. Select an appropriate database

6. Perform search

7. Evaluate sources

8. Modify search to retrieve additional relevant sources

What if I retrieve no articles or irrelevant stuff?

1. Check spelling

2. Check the database--is it right for your topic?

3. Re-think Boolean concepts

4. Add or delete synonyms

5. Re-examine truncation