In general, when searching the library databases...
A good way to start a search.
The important concepts in your own words.
Found anywhere in the article (title, author, subject terms, etc.).
Use Quotation Marks to Search for a Phrase...
Searching for "Quality of life" will bring back only results that have the words in that exact order.
Connecting the concepts (keywords)...
Link different parts of your topic with "AND" to get results that contain both terms.
Join similar ideas or synonyms with "OR" to find results that contain either of the terms.
Exclude concepts with "NOT"
Search for a root word...
Add an * at the end of a word to search for all possible endings/suffixes
teen* will search for teen, teens, teenager, teenagers
Limit to Peer-Reviewed, Refereed or Scholarly articles...
Peer-review is part of the publication & editorial process for academic and research journals. Being peer-reviewed is a sign that a paper's author(s) have done a certain level of due diligence in their work and their research is complete, manages conflicts-of-interest, and is fair and objective.
Narrow the Date Range...
When looking for current research limit your date range to the last 5-10 years.
Still not finding anything? Ask your Librarian!
How to Develop Keywords
When searching the library databases for articles, typing an entire sentence or question into the search field will not produce good results. Instead use keywords that describe your topic.
Identify the important nouns or main ideas in your research question. For example:
Research Question: What effects does the spread of incorrect health information on social media have?
Generate synonyms for each main term, along with words that are narrower, broader, and related.