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March 22, 2023

Library Basics Week 3: Searching effectively

Are you in your first trimester at Deakin or returning to study after a break? We’ve got you covered. Each week, we’re sharing a library tip, tool or service we think you should know about. The library is key to your success at uni – make the most of everything we have to offer by following our Library Basics!

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To effectively search for research articles, make a plan and choose your keywords carefully. Start by thinking about the best words that describe your assessment topic. Note down the concrete idea – this will form the basis of a good search. Action items (like compare, describe or argue) don’t usually work well.

We know this extra step might not feel natural at first, but planning your search before you start will save you time in the long run. 

This quick video, Searching for success, offers valuable tips and tricks on planning and conducting a search so that you can find the most relevant articles for your assignment fast.

If you still have questions about how to search effectively, don’t hesitate to reach out to your Scholarly Services Librarian.

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