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RES 7107 Disciplined Inquiry II: Search Strategies

Ebsco Advanced Search Strategies

Please follow this link below for excellent tips on how to search the databases using truncation and  wildcard symbols and proximity searches.

What is "Controlled Vocabulary?"

What is Controlled Vocabulary and why do I need to use it?
Please follow the link below for some tips on using controlled vocabularly. (Provided by Weber State University Library)

Improving Your Results

How can I improve my search?

If you got too few results try one or more of these tips:

  • Use an OR with synonyms to broaden your search

  • Consult a thesaurus or index for more search terms

  • Reduce the number of concepts

  • Use more general terms

  • Use truncation to get variations or alternate spellings of your term

  • Use the broadest search possible (usually Keywords in most databases)

  • Check your spelling

  • Check to see if you used AND and OR properly

  • Check to see if you are using the best database for your topic

If you get too many results try one or more of these tips:

  • Use an AND to narrow your search

  • Use more precise terms

  • Use subject headings instead of Keywords

  • Consult a thesaurus or index for more narrower terms

  • Remove truncation

  • Search in a specific field, such as the Subject or Title field, instead of searching Keywords

  • Use limits such as language, years or document type.

Boolean Operators

Want to know more about creating effective searches using boolean operators? Follow the link below for information from UNC Asheville Libraries.