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Cell Biology

Develop a Search Strategy

To develop a search strategy:

1) Identify the main concepts of your research question. These concepts become keywords for your searches.

2) Brainstorm related terms, broader terms/narrower terms and alternative spellings for each keyword

3) Combine terms using Boolean Logic.

4) Identify the tool(s) (databases, catalogs, etc.) relevant to your topic.

Biological Abstracts is a database covering life sciences and biomedical research.  The focus of Biological Abstracts matches my research area, so it is a viable tool to try my search strategy.