Save yourself time & aggravation by answering the following questions & following the tips & techniques on this page
1. What's my topic?
Ex. Sugared drinks are a main cause of the obesity epidemic
2. What are my main concepts?
Ex. 1. Sugared drinks; 2. Obesity
3. What are other terms or synonyms for my topics?
Ex. Sugared drinks - soft drinks, soda, cola, juice, sport drinks; Obesity - obese, overweight, fat
4. What types of sources or materials can I use?
Ex. journal articles, magazine articles, newspapers, books
Truncation - find all words starting with the letters you have typed. Most common truncation symbol is the asterisk *
Ex. obes* = obese, obesity
child* = child, childhood, childlike, children
Wildcard - used to substitute letters inside a word
Ex. wom*n = woman OR women
colo*r = color OR colour
Exact Phrase - use quotation marks around your term to get that exact phrase
Ex. "high fructose corn syrup"
Field Searching - you can search specifically in the title, the abstract (summary), or by author.
Most databases have pull down menus that let you select which field you want to search.
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