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Follow the steps below:
Use the features of the database (print, navigation) before going up to the Explorer bar and using the back or print buttons
For keyword searching, use the advanced search feature so that you can use multiple terms and set limits (date range, peer-reviewed, full text, etc)
Remember that databases require you to spell correctly
To limit your search results to journals with editorial boards (or some type of review process by health professionals) look under the “limit” section of the initial search page. Select the option to limit to peer reviewed (some databases also call them refereed publications). Refereed publications and peer reviewed are synonyms for board-reviewed or scholarly journals. Don’t forget to set your date limits too!
When creating your search strategy, take a moment to write down your key words and any synonyms (alternative words meaning the same thing) that might be used. Also think about how you connect your key words together.
Connect different concepts with the word AND indicating that you want both concepts to appear in each retrieved article.
Connect variations (different words could be used for the same thing) with OR indicating that at least one variation should occur in the articles retrieved.
Put parentheses around actions that you want to be done first (just like you may have done in an algebra class).
Here are some examples of synonyms and “nesting” (using parentheses):
pharmacology AND (paramedic*)
(emergency medical personnel OR EMS OR emergency medical responder*)
Put the key concepts together like this example:
pharmacology AND (paramedic* OR emergency medical personnel OR EMS OR emergency medical responder* )
capitalize connecting words (AND, OR) to let the database know that you are giving a command not just listing a word to be found
Use an asterisk (*) to find all possible endings. For example, imag* finds image, images, imagery, imaging