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Copy of Finding journal articles

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Finding journal articles for your dissertation ...
Narrow your search
Keywords
Search tips
Task
First, define your keywords...
For effective searching...
ask yourself...
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...
Chocolate
Cocoa
Cacao
Flavonoids
Antioxidants
Dark chocolate
Nutrition
Benefits
Improvement
Effect
Impact
Clinical benefit
Health
Wellbeing
Cardiovascular health
Mood
Energy
Mortality
AND/ OR/ NOT
Use these to search for more than one term at a time...
AND
chocolate AND health
OR
chocolate OR cocoa
NOT
chocolate NOT dark
Truncation
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)
Wildcards
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.
Phrase searching
Use quotation marks to make the search engines search for phrases:

e.g. “dark chocolate”

will find
dark chocolate

rather than
dark
and
chocolate
within the
same text.
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
keywords
?

3. Can you think of any alternative search terms?
Narrower terms?
Broader terms?
Synonyms?
Task
Have a look on
Quest
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.
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