To improve the quality of your search results, consider trying:
- Using a wildcard searches more than one form of the word.
- therap* searches therapy, therapeutic, therapeutics, therapist, etc.
- Most common is database.
- Two exceptions for UK Libraries are:
- InfoKat uses a question mark (?)
- LexisNexis uses an exclamation point (!)
- Quotation Marks - keep 2 or more words together as a phrase.
- "Adolescent Development" searches for the phrase adolescent development, not the word adolescent and not the word development.
- Boolean Operators - broaden/narrow searches
- AND narrows a search
- family AND therapy yields results that are each about family and therapy.
- OR searches any of the terms
- family OR therapy searches for sources about family and sources about therapy.
- NOT excludes term(s) following NOT
- family NOT therapy will provide results about family that don't include therapy
If you are not sure how something works, use the help or tips screen on the database, or contact a reference librarian at firstname.lastname@example.org or (859) 218-2048..
(borrowed from Valerie Perry's Agriculture Research Guide)