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Planning Your Search
- Use keywords instead of sentences
- Keywords are the important words in the question you are asking
- Ex: "What changes occur in the brains of adolescents?"
- Also use synonyms of your keywords when your search results aren't relevant
- Advanced Search functions help you narrow down your results:
- full text articles
- publication year
- publication type
- subject category
- boolean operators
- AND narrows the search
- OR widens the search
- NOT removes unrelated results
- Truncation widens the search by looking for related words
Searching and Topics
Ways to narrow down a topic:
- Who: Who is involved with the topic?
- What: What aspect of the topict?
- Where: Where does the topic apply? Is it a local, regional, national, or international event?
- When: Is the topic seasonal or historical? Is it a current trend?
- Why: Why is this topic important? If it's an event or trend, why does it happen?
Things to Think About When Searching
- Am I finding articles that agree on the topic?
- Are the articles giving multiple opinions on the topic?
- Do I have enough information?
- Are the articles related to each other?
- Are they talking about the same subject? If not, are these subjects related?