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Occupational Therapy Subject Guide

An Academic Librarian guide for students

Why plan?

Finding and using information is a key skill that you can use and develop throughout your life. When you have a topic or question you need to research it is worthwhile spending a few minutes thinking about what you want.  First, break down your question into keywords and think about the type of information required; do you need key concepts, research, statistics, facts, theories or illustrations? This will help to point you in the direction of where you need to search.

Here are some useful questions to consider:

  • What is my question? or What do I need information on?
  • What are the keywords?
  • Are there any other keywords I might use?
  • What type of information do I need?

You will need to stop and review your results regularly and based on them, you may need to refine or adapt your search strategy. Depending on your assignment – you may need a specific type of information (for example an opinion piece or a piece of research). This will determine where you need to search for the information.