What do you need to do?
Find specific information?
Find everything available on your subject? Cast your net into the Deep Web
Do you have a strategy in mind before you begin?
Exercise: In your mind's eye, what does the perfect result look like? Are there features on the page you can identify? Curious - learn more about this technique
Who would be capturing the information you are searching for?
Are there specific organizations or groups that would have useful information on their pages?
-- ex: industry associations, government agencies, think tanks
Why is that information collected?
For what purpose does the organization collection the information?
Consider what is not included by this resource.
In both cases, be aware of bias
Building your search terms
What are the keywords for your topic?
Tip: Lost for words? Create a "draft search" and look in your results for unique wording or phrases to apply in a second search
-- ex: delay paying loans
Build up a list of these keywords and experiment with the results
Are there specific phrases that would help?
-- ex: "operations other than war"
Are there unique words, names or acronyms related to your topic?
-- ex: UAV, Unmanned Autonomous (or Aerial) Vehicle
Are there helpful synonyms or spelling variations?
-- ex: booster, launch vehicle
-- ex: defense, defence; center, centre
Cut down the interference
Add context to common terms:
Are there common words you can avoid?
Avoid using stop words which include adverbs, conjunctions
-- ex: the, is, was, many
Sometimes stop words DO matter
Use exact terminology when possible.
-- ex: liquid rocket booster
Are there irrelevant words or phrases that you could exclude?