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Search Tactics for Searching
DEVELOPING YOUR SEARCH STRATEGY--some TIPS
- Combine keywords with AND and OR
- Field searching: search by title, author, keyword, source, etc
- Sort by Relevance, Newest, etc.
- Subjet searching in each database (MeSH, Thesaurus, CINAHL Headings, Subject Terms)
- Use the database's limiters (e.g. limit by "peer-review", year, English-language)
Keywords vs. Subject Headings
- To pinpoint your keywords, use subject searching (use subject headings--controlled vocabulary of a database).
- Whenever possible, include on your search synonyms or alternative terms to describe your topic.
For example: (youth OR adolescent OR teenager)
For example: (therapy OR intervention OR program OR treatment)
Also consider other search tactics such as Truncation and Field Searching.
Consult Your Librarian
Research support from subject specialist/liaison librarians. Librarians can help you with...
- Developing your search strategy
- Identifying keywords and finding the full-text (whole article)
- Suggest relevant databases to search
- Managing your references with citation management tools (e.g. Zotero, EndNoteWeb)
- and more