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CMHL1000: Search strategy

Foundations for Professional Health Practice

Search strategy


Once you are ready to start working on your assignment, you can start planning your search. Creating a search strategy will help you target your search in a more structured way and save you valuable time. It is also an important component of your assignment for this unit!


In creating a search strategy, you will:


  • identify the key concepts from your topic
  • find alternative terms for each concept
  • combine your search terms (using AND and OR) 
  • apply commonly used database search tips to enhance your search


Follow the steps below to create your search strategy.



Recording your search strategy


You are required to submit your search strategy for your written assignment. The sample sample search strategy below shows you how to create and set out your strategy.  You may also wish to use the sample worksheet below to outline your search strategy.