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What is the best way to search the databases?
| Last updated on
Aug 30, 2016
Use strong keywords:
Pick out the most important words/concepts in your research question. Use keywords such as those experts and scholars would use. These are usually
Avoid terms that can be used in many settings
(like effect, impact, develop)
Use Advanced Search and group keywords by concept:
Use OR between synonyms (expands your results); use AND to combine different subjects (narrows your results)
dental OR teeth OR tooth OR oral
acid AND batteries
Search multiple endings of a word:
Use asterisk, e.g., econom* for economy, economic, economies
Search exact phrases:
Use double quotes. "coral reef"
Choose publication years, scholarly or peer-reviewed, full text, etc.
Choose most recent first or most relevant first
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