The following sample research plans illustrate how a Research Plan can help you develop and keep track of search terms that are useful in finding information sources on your topic. (For a blank form, and instructions on how to use it, see the Creating a Research Plan box below.)
A Research Plan can help you strategize about what are the most successful search terms to use in library databases to find books, articles, government documents, and more for your papers/assignments.
What usually happens when you do this is that one of two equally bad options, either
To get an idea of how this form might look, see the Sample Research Plans in the box to the left below,
To get started creating your own plan, see the Creating a Research Plan box directly below, which contains a link to a blank Research Plan form for you to print off and fill in as needed, along with instructions on how to use this tool to help you in your research.
Make your search for resources more productive by using the following blank Research Plan worksheet:
Tip: For ideas for synonyms/related terms, write down in the Synonyms/Related Terms column any subject headings from a helpful book or article citation record to use as potential search terms.