You would be forgiven if you thought this was an image of what the Universe looks like. However, the actual image, taken from the OPT Project is a picture of the Internet. The word DAUNTING isn’t a sufficient description of what is clearly a huge amount of data to which we are connected to every day and with which we must weave our way around in order to find the information we are seeking.
Devising a search strategy should be a ‘must do’ for every researcher, to help find our way through all the non-relevant pieces of information to make the relevant hits, quickly.
Having decided on my topic, the first part of my search strategy is to devise a concept map of relevant words, which when strung together will limit and assist me in my search. My topic is outlined within the Australian Curriculum Science/ Year 4 Achievement standard: “By the end of year 4, students apply the observable properties of materials to explain how objects and materials can be used.”
But first, check out my YouTube guide to searching in Google Scholar.
Mr Scott, this is no time to relax.