When doing longer papers or a thesis it is sensible to make an explicit search profile as part of your search strategy. A search profile details:
At least once try to write all these choices down to force yourself to make them explicit. During your search you can add things or eliminate them when they do not prove fruitful.
Many search engines have a search history in which your searches are kept. You can use this information to:
Some search systems offer the option to combine search terms directly from the search history. For instance by ticking previous searches and combine them with AND or OR.
If you want to keep your search history also after closing your browse session you should create an account in the search system. Google offers this option as well as most catalogues and databases in the library.
Your search strategy defines what you search, where you search and how you perform your search. In the course of your search process you take many decisions that affect the quality of search results and the time needed to get those results.
The main decisions in your search strategy relate to:
The special LibGuide search strategy (in Dutch) has more on building successful search strategies.
The way you search is a combination of a search method, the accompanying search techniques and the structure of your search.
Execution of your search:
In the special LibGuide zoekstrategie (in Dutch) you will find more information about search methods and search techniques.