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Copy of Finding journal articles
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Narrow your search
First, define your keywords...
For effective searching...
Pick out the most important words from your essay title or research topic
Think of synonyms, alternative expressions, American spellings
Think of narrower or broader terms
So, if your topic was...
The health benefits of eating chocolate
Your keywords would be...
And your alternative terms would be...
AND/ OR/ NOT
Use these to search for more than one term at a time...
chocolate AND health
chocolate OR cocoa
chocolate NOT dark
A Truncation symbol retrieves any number of letters at the end of a word.
It’s good for finding different word endings based on the root of a word.
e.g. child* will find
child and children (but also childish)
A wild card symbol replaces a single letter.
It’s good for alternative spellings and simple plurals
e.g. wom?n will retrieve woman or women
HINT! Check the online help screens for details of the symbols recognised by the database you are searching.
Use quotation marks to make the search engines search for phrases:
e.g. “dark chocolate”
Do I only need information published during the last 5 years?
Is there a country or region I should focus on?
Is there a particular type of research I need?
1. Write down your assignment topic.
2. What are your
3. Can you think of any alternative search terms?
Have a look on
to see what is available for your assignment topic.
Try using some of the keywords that you have written down. You will need to carry out a variety of searches, using different combinations of keywords.