Pre-Search is about being curious. The pre-search process involves gathering background information and context. The more you know about your topic, the more comfortable you will be as you search for academic sources and write about it.
Background and context might include:
The sources you find are most likely not the sources you will eventually cite in your research papers. Their main purpose is to solidify your understanding and identify search terms before you begin searching for scholarly/peer-reviewed articles or studies later in the research process.
When using Google, you can type a sentence or question and retrieve relevant results. Databases operate differently than search engines, so they require a different search strategy for a few different reasons.
Thus, we recommend that you:
Today, we will use two different types of sources to gather background and context: subject-specific encyclopedias or reference books and chapters within eBooks. The scope of both of these kinds of resources suit our needs for pre-search very well.