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CSM BOND

Make a search strategy

You might start with a single word topic like GMOs or a question like "Should GMOs be sold for human consumption?" Before looking for answers, think about language. Make a list of keywords. Separate the different concepts in your topic.

keyword brainstorm for GMOs, benefits, and risks.

Then enter these terms in the database's Advanced Search using the multiple boxes for the different key concepts in your topic.

Sample search for gmo OR genetically modified organisms AND hunger or famine OR droughts

Source: UT Libraries

To get more

Use * for alternate word endings
        e.g.,   sustainab* retrieves sustainable, sustainability etc.

Use the different search lines to enter key words (not sentences) describing the different components of your search topic

Redo your search using new keywords you find in article titles, abstracts, and subject terms given to the articles by the database

Use or between synonyms or alternate concepts
        e.g.,    greenhouse gas* or ghg* or carbon dioxide

Use fewer search terms. 
Each time you put in another search term (unless they are synonyms combined with or)  you will get fewer results.
Start with a small number of keywords and then add more terms or try different terms based on your results.

 

To get less

Use quotation marks around words you want searched as a phrase
e.g.,  "greenhouse gases"

Databases usually offer ways to Limit or Refine your search results, such as:
   To Scholarly/Peer-reviewed journals
   By publication date range
   To journal articles only (or books, dissertations, etc)

Some databases also have specific limits or search options such as:
   Methodology
   Age Groups
   Gender
   Human/Animal

Add more search terms:
Each time you put in another search term, you will retrieve fewer results.
    Start with a small number of keywords and then add more terms or try different terms based on your results.
    Use the different search lines to enter more  key words (not sentences) describing different components of your topic
    In articles that look good, look for other terms in the title, abstract, and subjects.

Is it a primary research article?

Is it a review article, leading you to primary research articles?

Is it relevant to your specific topic, give you useful background information, or use a methodology you could use or adapt to your project?

Does publication date matter? If so, is it in an appropriate date range?

etc.