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What is a search strategy? A search strategy is a systematic plan for finding the sources you need for a particular assignment. You will need to identify, obtain, read, and analyze a variety of materials in a relatively short period of time while working on an assignment. The amount of information related to a given topic can be overwhelming. It's easy to get sidetracked by interesting but off-target issues. Spending a little time planning the search at the beginning of a project can help to keep you on task and save time in the long run.
Where to begin. In some cases your instructor may tell you exactly what types of sources to use and how many. In other cases you may be told something more general regarding sources. Consider factors such as the following as you think about developing a strategy:
A simple search strategy for an economic study of the airlines industry might be as follows:
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