A search strategy to help find relevant resources on a particular topic. If you have a good search strategy, it will help you find more relevant, high-quality information that give statements and arguments in your assignments more credibility.
You need to choose your keywords effectively to maximise your searches.
Think of this research question...
What are the advantages of corporate social responsibility?
If you were to put this entire question into a search engine, you would get limited results.
You need to select the most important keywords from the question...
Advantages AND Corporate Social Responsibility
We can then make our searches better by thinking of alternative keywords to use in our searches.
Advantages could also be...
Benefits OR Pros OR Gains.
Corporate Social Responsibility could be...
Socially responsible companies OR Business ethics OR Sustainable development.
A good search stretagy includes using alternative keywords for your searches, as academics will not use the same keywords in their research. You may miss important research if you don't use a variety of keywords!
It is also important to think about the type of information you need to find. For example, do you want to find recent academic resources published in the last five years?
When developing your search strategy think about: