Follow a plan
Even though you might jump into google and do a couple of searches, it is a good idea to plan or map where you are going to search and what words you are going to use.
Making a map or a plan is great for brainstorming and making connections between your ideas ie key words, and building your list of relevant terms as new words occur to you.
Mind mapping is particularly useful if your topic is fairly broad and might have different aspects to research. Use a mind map to identify additional questions that might flow from the research question.
Having a plan helps you to identify search terms and similar key words or terms and be consistent when searching in more than one search engine, catalogue or database.
AND you can also keep a record of the places you have searched.
A map/plan is a great organising tool - everything is in one place.
A concept table or logic grid helps you identify search terms, is one way of visualising your search and helps you organise your search words.
Join different CONCEPTS with AND
Join different SYNONYMS with OR
Some people prefer to structure keywords in their plan as:
| ||bariatric OR gastric band/s/ing |
|AND||teen/teens/teenagers OR adolescence OR adolescent/s OR "young people" |
|AND|| "quality of life" OR beneficial OR benefit/s|