Planning your search is an essential step in finding academic and good quality sources for your assignments (see the InfoSkills five step cycle). It can range from a simple search plan to a devising a complex search strategy. The type of assignment you are undertaking will determine this. Ensure you consult your assignment brief for guidance before planning your search.
A more simple search plan may include deciding on the resources to use to locate the most relevant and reliable sources. For example …
A more complex search may be required for assignments, particularly assignments that require locating a number of academic journal articles, for example a literature review assignment or dissertation literature review. A systematic approach to searching for journal articles is the most efficient way to locate the most relevant articles for your research.
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