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Database Search Strategies

Avoid Natural Language

  • Stick to keywords and phrases

Use Quotation Marks Around Phrases 

  • This ensures your search results will include the phrase, not the individual words found separately anywhere in the document.

Use the Advanced Search

  • It will be located in different places depending on the database, but it will help refine and improve your search.

Use Limiters Provided by the Database to Narrow/Focus Your Results

  • Limiters are usually found on the left or right hand side of your search results.
  • Limit by source type, date of publication, reading level, subject, publication, and more

Use Boolean Operators


Experiment with Grouping Keywords and Phrases