Pearl Harvesting Synonym Ringsfor comprehensive literature searching

created byRobert Sandieson,B.A. Mathematics, Ph.D. Applied PsychologyAssociate Professor, Faculty of Education, Western University, London, Ontario, Canada
Brief Instructions on how to use this wiki

  • The Premise: information retrieval is an act of communication between the information seeker, author(s), and database indexer(s).
  • The Goal: to create search synonym rings or search filters containing the search terms that can comprehensively identify specific topics.

  • The published articles linked here describe the Pearl Harvesting approach to finding and validating search terms that comprise synonym rings.
  • Once developed the search filters can be copied and pasted into the search fields of databases.
  • This list of synonym rings have been developed by those working with the Pearl Harvesting Theory but also include synonym rings developed by others.

IMPACT: Pearl Harvesting Synonym Rings are used internationally - as reported by: 30 organizations and universities, 21 graduate theses,11 published systematic review protocols, and 16 journal articles/books/conference presentations. This wiki is viewed by people from over 50 countries.