It's important to understand your assessment task and create a plan before you start searching for information.
A topic analysis will help you understand what your assessment question is asking you to do.
It will also help you identify the keywords that are the building blocks of your search strategy.
Your assessment task will generally have three key pieces of information:
Searching in Primo and library databases is different to searching in Google. Typing in your whole assessment question or a long phrase is unlikely to give you useful results.
The first step in planning an effective search is to build a bank of keywords. Keywords are the meaningful terms that describe what your assessment is about.
To build your bank of keywords:
The next step is to strategically combine your keywords to find better results.
Use these search strategies in Primo Search and other CSU Library databases to help you get more relevant results.