Answered By: Susan Steele
Last Updated: Dec 06, 2016     Views: 33

Try one or more of the following:

  • Using the logical or Boolean operator AND, add relevant keywords or subject terms to your search (e.g., search for adolescents and dropouts and prevention rather than just adolescents and dropouts).
  • Use drop-down menus to restrict some or all of your search terms to specific fields: subject terms, abstract, or title.
  • Add relevant limiters (date range, publication type, peer-reviewed, etc.). Explore the search screen for special limiters that may be relevant to your search (e.g.,age group in PsycINFO, educational level in ERIC, etc.).
  • If available, consider using proximity operators (near, within, etc.), which are narrower in scope than the AND operator.
  • If appropriate, consider using the Boolean operator NOT to remove specified keywords or terms from your results (e.g., martin luther not king).

Perhaps a different database would be better for your topic, also. If you aren't finding what you need, please consult a research librarian.