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Begin Research: Combining Subject and Keyword Searches

Combining Subject and Keyword Searches

Searching is not a one-step process that has one right answer. Using a combination of searching techniques generates the most relevant results.

An effective search process would include these steps.

  • 1. Conduct a keyword search             
  • 2. Find a few relevant results             
  • 3. Find the subject headings for those results
  • 4. Look for more resources under those subject headings
  • 5. Find more concepts related to your terms from those results.

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