|What is my search profile?|
A search profile consists of a list of search terms that you have derived from your problem definition or research question.
Ask yourself: “What exactly do I want to know?”
What general topic do you want to focus on? Why?
What specific question will you address? Is it specific enough?
What is this question based on? Why is it important or interesting?
Formulate an Answerable Question
An answerable question should be as much specific as possible.
Think about or ask yourself:
|P = Problem, Population
|I = Intervention / success factor
|C = Comparison
|O = Outcome
|C = Context
Select the most important words of your (answerable) questions. These keywords may be sufficient. If not, select more words by using:
Alternate spelling, translations (for example: British vs. US spelling)
Narrower or broader terms (for example: a broader term for The Netherlands could be Europe)
Make use of dictionaries or the thesauri of the bibliographic databases specific for your research area.