5. What search strategy should you use?

A search strategy is a complete record of the approach you have taken to finding information about your search question. A search strategy would include:

  • Your search question
  • Your key words and alternative search terms
  • The evidence sources you have chosen and your rationale for choosing them
  • The limitations you have put on your search, for example, ‘evidence from 2005 or later’; ‘evidence from UK only’; ‘secondary research only’
  • How you have used your key words and other search terms
  • The dates during which you have conducted your searches