A search strategy is a well thought out approach and plan about how to search for relevant information. Developing a search strategy is extremely important. Using information sources in a consistent, structured manner will save you time. Not only does the strategy provide you with an overall structure for your search, it provides a record of your search history. As your research develops and your search is refined, your search history can be extremely useful. It can also improve the relevancy of results obtained as you have thought through your keywords and synonyms and how these relate to each other.
To develop a search strategy you will need to:
A search methodology could ideally include a search diary or document detailing your search so that someone else can reproduce your steps and get the same results.
Keep a record of your search strategies, the sources searched and search results from each.
A search planner may help you to organize your thoughts prior to conducting your search. Below are tools to help you.