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CMNS 113 Technical Communication for Information Technology

Developing Your Search Plan

In developing your plan you should start asking yourself a number of questions:

  • Where would I find the information I need?

  • Do I need a Book?

  • Do I need a Scholarly Article?

  • Do I need to interview someone?magnifying glass

  • Who else has written on this subject?

  • How much time do I have?

  • How will know if the information I discover is up-to-date and authoritative? 

Identify Key Concepts

Searching for information is facilitated through the use of "keywords" or "keyword phrases". 


The English language is far from perfect. A single word can have multiple meanings, professions establish their own lexicons, and it is not always easy to identify the keywords or phrases that an author may have chosen to use.


*An important skill to develop is how to identify and test keywords and phrases*

Learning From What You Find

The are many information leads that you can pick up from the information you find.

  • Metadata : To identify other Keywords and Keyword Phrases.
  • Literature Review : Will provide title, authors and citation information to literature specific to the research being discussed.
  • Reference List : Good quality research articles are often cited by other scholars in the field.  Likewise, if the research being presented is of poor quality (i.e. if the methodology is questionable etc.) other scholars may publish research that speaks to these issues.
  • Methodology : Puts the information into context.

Research Journal

Start a research journal that records information about the articles, books, and other information sources you discover.


Record the keywords and keyword phrases used, names of databases, author, journal, book, web page names, etc. In addition, record publication information such as date, volume/issue, publisher name, place of publication. You'll need this information to improve your searches, and once you finish your paper you'll need to cite your sources.


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