Helpful Hints for Researchers

  • Searching by subject area is recommended for books and databases.
  • If the database permits, you may limit searches by date or journal title.
  • If a search is done and there are not enough hits then use the operator “or” and a synonym.
  • -For example: Men or Males, Women or Female
  • If a search results in too many hits, then develop another search using the original searchterm, operator “and”, plus another limiting term for example:
    -Schizophrenia, if there are too many hits, narrow your subject down to schizophrenia and adults.