1. Identify the major concepts from your research question or topic.
2. List synonyms or alternative terms for each concept and organise them in a table like the one below - using a column for each major concept. Tools and tips to assist with this process:
4. Be prepared to revise, reassess and refine your search strategies after you have run your initial searches to ensure you get the best possible results. If you retrieve too many false results or "noise", try to analyse why. For example, you may have used a word which has alternative meanings. Your Clinical or Research Librarian will be able to assist with this process.