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Educational Law EDUC6013

Tips and strategies for gathering resources to create a school policy to meet the course objectives

What is a search strategy?

Developing a strong search strategy can save you time when it is time to search for resources.  Rather than doing general searching using Google, we recommend that you search using the library databases.  Searching Google is much different than searching library databases.

One facet of database searching that can be difficult to get used to is subject heading or keyword searches.  Rather than typing a question in and expecting instant results, users need to focus on identifying and using controlled language searches.

Identifying controlled language for subject headings and keywords is beneficial for the savvy researcher.  Controlled language is typically assigned by the Library of Congress and is then used universally (or at least in English) by vendors and publishers when identifying main points and ideas for their books, journals and other publications.

Once the controlled language for your topic is identified, database searching is usually much easier. 

Language used on websites by various entities can often be arbitrary and inconsistent.


Here are some examples of terminology you may want to consider using:

  • Education policy & development
  • Educational standards
  • Educational law & legislation
  • No Child Left Behind Act

There are many other terms or subject headings that may be appropriate for your particular topic.  Be sure to search the authorities catalog shown to the left for more ideas!