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Library - Information Literacy Module: Tutorial 1: Identify search terms

Information literacy for UJ students. Start with "1 Why Information Literacy" and end with "9 Writing & Referencing"

STEP 1: Identify search terms

  • Identifying search terms is a search strategy that helps Neo to refine the searching process. 
  • Before Neo starts his search for information on the Internet or in a database, it is always a good idea to identify the most important keywords of Neo's research topic. It is those words that describe his topic the best. He can then use those keywords or search terms to start searching for information. 
  • When identifying search terms, Neo must pay particular attention to the following aspects to ensure that all likely relevant terms are included in the search strategy: