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- Keep track of your searches.
- What was searched, what kind of search (e.g., keyword, subject heading, author), what database was searched.
- Making a printout of the first page of the result set is one method.
- Keep track of your result sets as well.
- For example, how many “hits” you got on a specific search in a specific database.
- Date your information.
- Databases are updated frequently and your counts (and information) will be out of date quickly.
- Think creatively. Think of different terms to broaden, narrow or limit a search.
- You may notice words used in citations that may help focus or expand your search. Don’t forget to use dictionaries and encyclopedias to help you find more terms.
- Be smart!
- When subject headings, thesaurus terms, etc. are used to categorize a citation, use that subject heading to find other articles, books, etc. on the same topic.