In order to find relevant and diverse information on a given subject, random keyword searching on Google is not sufficient. Elaborating a search strategy is a proven, classic approach that can be used in different databases.
The classic method for finding information on a given subject involves multiple steps. This guide, designed by librarians, describes these steps and presents the criteria needed to evaluate the documents retrieved.
*The research method suggested in this guide was inspired by Kuhlthau's process described in her book, Seeking Meaning: A Process Approach to Library and Information Sciences (GEN Z 711 K84 1993).
Searching databases allows you to find various materials such as journal articles, conference papers, dissertations, technical standards, patents, etc.
You can also restrict your searching to a specific document type.
The notions presented in this guide are also discussed during this webinar "Advanced searching for articles", presented by Brendan Fitzgibbon, librarian at Polytechnique Montreal.