Developing an information search strategy means to make the best use of the added value of document sources selected to maximise your selections and browsing through large masses of digital information: Web pages, bibliographic elements, full text, factual data, pictures.
The added value of the sources depends on:
It is an iterative procedure which gradually leads to increasingly relevant key words for documents which are increasingly adequate to your search topic.
The gradual affirmation of an underlying question, the description of a topic by key words and the available possibilities for selection gradually shape and refine the landscape of a search: its authors, its reviews, its laboratories, its key words, its perspectives, its methods, its results, its centre and periphery.
Several stages may be identified:
The strategies and document knowledge described in this guide are only efficient to a limited and variable degree. They work diversely depending on the results aimed at, the sources used and the methodologies applied.
However, if a document request produces even one satisfactory result out of three, it will save a considerable amount of time to the researcher who can rationalise and maximise their progression, both documentary and intellectual.
Le Men, Hervé, Belvèze, Damien. "Developing an information search strategy". In UBL (Université Européenne de Bretagne). Formadoct. Rennes: UBL, May 2010 (last updated on 03.07.13). Available on: http://en.guides-formadoct.u-bretagneloire.fr//searchstrategy