This strategy will broaden your search. Put words linked by OR inside parentheses ( ).
Quotation marks " "
Using quotation marks will ensure that the database finds results that use that exact phrase.
The * symbol tells the database to search for alternative word endings, for example: cultur* will search for culture, cultures, cultural
How do I choose keywords for my searches?
Words to include
When you choose keywords for your search, you would want to include just the main ideas of your research question
Use quotation marks
If the topic is longer than one word, you can optimize your search by putting quotation marks around it. Using quotation marks will ensure that the database finds results that use that exact phrase.
To search for multiple concepts at the same time, you need to link your search terms with AND. This strategy will narrow your search.
management AND "fire service administration"
Found too many results?
Add more keywords
If you find that you are retrieving too many results, try adding more keywords to further narrow your topic.
management AND techniques AND "fire service administration"
Found too few results?
If you are searching for a really specific topic, you might not find enough information. In this case, you can try broadening your search by using fewer keywords, or by using OR to add synonyms for your current search terms. If you link synonyms with or, make sure to put them inside parentheses.
management AND (techniques OR approaches OR methods) AND "fire service administration"