STEP 1: What is your research topic?
It is useful to formulate your research topic with a question:
STEP 2: What are the main concepts?
From the question you formulated, select the words with content:
Ignore the words such as still, relationship, between, and any because they link concepts. The words with content are the ones you will use in your search.
STEP 3: Develop alternative terms or keywords.
STEP 4: Use Boolean connectors "AND" "OR" to combine your search terms
AND narrows the search:
OR broadens the search:
(Use quotes to make sure the phrase stays intact).
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Using truncation is a good way to broadening your search. The majority of databases the truncation symbol is asteric (*). The truncation symbol directs the database to search for all words that contain the root with variations of the ending.
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