5.3 Structuring the Search
Gathering forecasting data is an iterative process. At each step, a little more about the topic under investigation is uncovered. Sometimes the right approach is to press ahead, complete the original search for information, and then consider a follow-up. At other times, it is best to restart the process with a new query that more accurately captures the topic. Framing the search query is very important. An experienced technical librarian suggested the following general process:
The search for data can be based on a variety of different strategies including
Consider the trade-offs between broad and narrow searches (Table 5.10). The choice depends on your topic and target tech mining uses. If an aim is to spot unusual, nonmainstream R&D, you want to capture items with the barest threads of association ...