Improve your Keyword Searching
Limit your search:
· Publication Type--journal article
· Full text--use with caution
· “Select a Field” to choose where the database searches for the term
· On results page, you’ll find more limiters—age, subject, source type, etc.
Narrow or broaden your terms:
Instead of mainstreaming, use inclusive education or classroom management.
Use Boolean Operators:
· AND (memory AND cognition: only articles with both words)
· OR (memory OR cognition: all articles with either word)
· NOT (memory NOT cognition: a subset of articles on memory)
Descriptors: Find alternate keywords in the list of “tags” or descriptors below the citation information for any article that is close to what you are looking for.
Thesaurus: Click on “thesaurus” in the extreme upper left corner. Use the thesaurus search box to find alternate and additional terminology.
Phrases: Use quotation marks around phrases (“body image”).
Truncation: Use an asterisk (*) to find all the forms of a word. For example, type parent* to search parent, parents, parental, and parenting.
Wild Cards: Use ? in the middle of a word . The computer will search for all possible replacement letters. For example, wom?n will search woman and women.