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Introduction to Nursing: 8200:100: Database Search Tips

Nursing Faculty: Cheryl Buchanan, Fall 2021

Searching Tips

Combine terms using Boolean operators (AND, OR)

  • Use AND to search for specific terms, usually retrieves fewer results.  

  • Use OR to search for synonyms or variations of terms, usually retrieves more search results.             

    beaver AND duck = platypus


Too Few Results? Too Many Results?

If you have too few citations, add related specialties to your search strategy (e.g. travel nursing OR flight nursing). Use the OR operator to search for related words/synonyms. Please contact us at the UA Libraries for any questions. If there are too many citations, consider limiting your search by Geography (i.e. limit the search to the U.S.)--this limiter may not always be available.  Another option is to add more keywords to your search strategy (e.g. travel nursing AND career).