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This video series is about 'smart searching'. Students explain to students in 8 steps how to set up a smart search strategy. Become a smart searcher, too!

A smart search strategy in 8 steps

In short videos, made by the information specialists of the HvA Library, students explain the steps of a smart information strategy. Have a look to see what videos there are for each step.

There is an enormous amount of information to be found. Where do you begin your search? The first videos provide answers to the following questions:

  • Video 1: What is desk research?
  • Video 2: How do I use a step by step action plan?

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Good research starts with a good question. How do you develop your research question? This video tells you:

  • Video: How do I go from topic to search query?

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A good search term is half the work. How do you find good search terms? Watch this video:

  • Video: How do I find good search terms?

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Finding good information resources is not easy. Where to start? These videos provide answers to the following questions:

  • Video 1: What is a bibliography?
  • Video 2: What is the deep web?

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It is better to search smartly than to search hard! There are all kinds of handy tips to help you. These videos provide answers to the following questions:

  • Video 1: How to combine search terms in a smart way?
  • Video 2: How to improve precision and recall?
  • Video 3: What search methods can I use?
  • Video 4: Are there any other search engines besides Google?

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So many resources, so many ways to search. These videos answer the following questions:

  • Video 1: Search the HvA Library
  • Video 2: How to search in social media
  • Video 3: How to find research reports on the web
  • Video 4: Where to find images on a specific subject
  • Video 5: How to find good summaries of books

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If you have found all the information you need, it is time to start selecting. How do you do that? These videos provide answers to the following questions:

  • Video 1: How to select good resources
  • Video 2: How to judge the reliability of websites
  • Video 3: Where to find background information on a website

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It is of great importance that you process your sources in the correct way. These videos answer the following questions:

  • Video 1: What is copyright?
  • Video 2: How do I refer to my sources?

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These videos are part of a series about 'smart searching'. Students explain to students.

The videos are made by subject librarians of the HvA Library in cooperation with HvA Webcolleges.
Translation/subtitles by Fontys Hogeschool Library.

Creative Commons Licence: Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike

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Published by  HvA Library 5 September 2017