Choose keywords that represent the main concepts of your research topic. Then, as needed:
- Use AND
This strategy will narrow your search.
- Use OR
This strategy will broaden your search. Put words linked by OR inside parentheses.
- Use quotation marks
Using quotation marks will ensure that the database finds results that use that exact phrase.
- Use *
The * symbol tells the database to search for alternative word endings, for example: cultur* will search for culture, cultures, cultural
cultur* AND indigenous AND (Amazon OR Brazil)
Found too many results?
- Add more keywords, using AND
To be sure a database includes all of your keywords in a search, use AND between them:
Sample search: "thick description" AND Geertz
Found too few results?
- Still experiencing issues? Try including OR to expand your results. Include additional related keywords:
("thick description" OR ethnography) AND Geertz