BIOL 212 Evolution Search Strategies

Information is messy and often hard to find because there are many tools and formats to deal with. When searching databaes, the library catalog, and the open web (Google), it helps to know some tricks to improve your results. Start with Advanced Search so you can get more options. Try the following when you search:

  1. Breaking your terms into concepts/keywords
  2. Searching by title
  3. Using phrase searching (with quotation marks) to keep terms together 

Consider the following:

What words should you use?

Think of what your main concepts are and try to narrow it down to that. For example:

“climate change” AND adaptation

“climate change” AND “extreme weather”

“climate change” AND mitigation

Watch this tutorial on how to search in the databases.