Finding the best articles on your topic requires these steps.
Select an appropriate database.
Enter and combine terms appropriate to your topic
Scan the best items on the results list and look for new subject terms or keywords. Then revise your search using these new terms.
Save the journal title, volume, date, and page numbers. This is all part of the "citation".
Explore other databases and subject terms (which vary between databases) for more information.
Search: Combining Terms
Combining Search terms by using AND/OR/NOT
These 'connector' terms (often called "Boolean operators") are used to combine search terms and concepts.
narrows a search so that ALL search TERMS are retrieved.
Use this to link different concepts in your search
example: dogs AND nutrition
expands a search to include ANY ONE of your search terms.
Use this to link synonyms.
example: dogs OR canine
eliminates unwanted search terms.
Use this carefully because it often results in eliminating some good citations.
example: dogs NOT cats
Definition: Truncation is a search technique that replaces word endings by a symbol. The most common truncation symbol is the asterisk (*).
Reasons to Use: Using truncation will broaden your search because it looks for multiple endings to a search term. This also insures that you will efficiently locate more results because you are unsure if the article will use the singular or plural form of the search terms.