The Purpose of a Search StrategyConsider how much information is available electronically. Researchers Antal van den Bosch, Toine Bogers, and Maurice de Kunder conducted a study to measure the size of the internet. You can see the results of their research at www.worldwidewebsize.com. In June 2018, the Internet was at least 4.5 billion webpages! Making a search strategy will enable you to sort through information and find exactly what you're looking for.
The term "scope" defines the breadth of the search. You can narrow the scope of your search by choosing to search in a single specialized database (see Chapter 5: Search Tools).
Databases will try to match your search terms exactly. By using the right terminology (gathered during the background reading stage) you can narrow results.
Most databases have two types of search boxes: a basic search, and an advanced search. Advanced search allows you to construct complex searches by combining several search terms and phrases at once. You can also use advanced search to exclude certain words or phrases, further narrowing your results.