Identify two to three key concepts (terms) from your research question to build your search.
Use quotations to keep exact phrases together in your search.
Use Boolean Operators AND or OR (all Caps) to connect search concepts (AND will narrow your search while OR will expand it)
Use AND to connect distinct search concepts to narrow your search.
Use OR to to expand your search. OR's often link synonyms for a particular search concept to expand your results.
Use Filters to narrow your results.
Consider a more advanced search strategy for bigger databases like CINAHL or PubMed with help from the "Building a Search Strategy" worksheet linked in this Course Guide.
Before you begin searching in large article databases such as CINAHL or PubMed, be sure to create an effective search strategy to obtain optimal results.
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