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Management: Search Strategies


Why Use a Search Strategy?

A one word search like "leadership" or "management" provides a scan of what is available and will let you know if you're on the right track - will you be able to find enough articles or books for your research?

But what do you do when you get too many results, or not enough? A search strategy can help you move beyond too many, not enough, or not the right types of articles.

A search strategy is also portable - most of the time, you can apply the same types of searches to different databases.

Use Multiple Databases

Searching multiple resources helps to ensure you are getting a good mix of results.

Customizing Your Search: Advanced Overview

Get better results using Boolean searching (or, and, wildcard symbols)

Search example: 
brand* and (maintain or manage) and (online or internet)

  • Parentheses keep similar concepts together
  • Inside parentheses, OR gives the database flexibility between search terms.
  • AND between concepts tells the database that Concept 1 MUST be linked with Concept 2.
  • Most databases use the * for a wildcard search: brand* = brand, brands, branding, etc.
  • In this example, brand must be linked to either maintain or manage, and must also be linked to either online or internet.  

Customizing Your Search: The Basics

Quick start: Click on any of the searches below to begin your research on that topic. 

Modify the search: After clicking on a linked search, use the search box at the top of the results list to add or change the search terms to better fit your own research. For example, if you are interested in the funding aspects of entrepreneurship click on the entrepreneurship link, then add words like venture capital or financ* - you will get results that better fit your research.

  • Business communication
  • Compensation management
  • Corporate culture
  • Corporate social responsibility
  • Crisis management
  • Decision making
  • Employee* (asterisk * picks up “employee”, “employee’s”, “employees”)
  • Employee benefits
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Executives
  • Health care administration
  • Health care management
  • Human resources - also: human resources management, human resources development
  • Industrial psychology
  • Labor policy
  • Leadership
  • Management
  • Management science
  • Occupational training
  • Organizational behavior
  • Organizational change
  • Organizational culture
  • Organizational psychology
  • Personnel management
  • Sustainable business
  • Triple bottom line
  • Wages 
  • Workforce