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Search Techniques: Planning your search strategy

Online support for developing effective online search techniques

Effective Library Research: Planning your search strategy

Before you start searching for information, take time to plan your search strategy. This is a crucial stage of the research process as:

  •  It will save you time
  •  Your searching will be more structured
  •  Your search results will be more relevant

 When you start out, you may feel overwhelmed by the breadth of information available.  However, by planning your searches in advance and applying effective search techniques,  you will find the most relevant content for your needs. 

Sage Research Methods Online - SRMO

Sage Research Methods Online (SRMO) is a great resource to use when you are planning and conducting your research.

Although targeted at social science researchers, it covers key research methodology topics that are applicable across the research spectrum.

Sage have produced this LibGuide to help you get the best from the resource.

My Learning Essentials Resources - University of Manchester Library

My Learning Essentials resources are developed by The University of Manchester Library, and are licensed under CC BY-NC 3.0. My Learning Essentials © The University of Manchester.

Use the guides to help you build your skills and confidence in finding, using and managing information for your assignments and projects.

Effective Library Research: Using this guide

This guide will look at five of the key stages involved in planning and conducting searches for information:

For information on how to effectively manage your sources after searching, have a look at our Referencing LibGuide.

Getting help


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