Good searching can shorten your research time significantly. Here are my top five tips for Politics researchers:
- When researching people (or two word countries), put the name in quotes "Nelson Mandela" or "South Africa"
- When researching countries, truncate: 'Mexic*' will find items that have 'Mexico' AND ones with 'Mexican'.
- Be specific: A search for 'female suicide bombers.' is much better than one for 'terrorist methods.'
- Use the various ways of limiting a search that appear on your results screen - most interfaces let you limit by publication date, subject, format and more. Use these to narrow your results list as much as possible.
- Finally, ZSR Librarians are very skilled in helping you find the best search for your topic - just request a meeting!