It is important to develop your search strategy before using the electronic databases or searching on the Internet. Organizing your search terms will make your search more efficient and productive, and will save you time.
1. Write down your topic.
The Enron collapse and its accounting practices.2. Underline the major concepts in your topic and write one concept on each of the provided "concept lines".
3. Write down similar terms that describe your concepts. Use the on-line thesaurus or index if available.
Search statement: enron and (collapse or fall)and (accounting oraudit)
AND narrows your search - the result must include all terms entered.
OR broadens your search - the result should include either of the terms entered or both..
NOT excludes a search term from your set. Caution: “Not” must be used very carefully. If you write the statement children not adults you will eliminate articles that contain information on both children and adults. Sometimes the phrase and not replaces not.
For a more thorough explanation of constructing a search strategy, choosing a database, running your search, evaluating resources found, etc., please look at APOLLO: A Pace Online Library Literacy Orientation. (This link will take you off this page. Use your browser back button to return).