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Database Search Tips
- OR broadens the search; use it to combine synonyms or related terms: urban or inner cities
- AND narrows the search; use it to combine your concepts: subprime and urban policy
- The * asterik directs the database search engine to search for the root word and any ending, e.g., finan*, finance, financial, etc.
- Searching for an exact phrase-use "" quotation marks, e.g., "housing market"
- Look at the subject headings on the full record for an on-target item-these can help you generate new keywords, concepts, etc.
- Finding too many articles on a topic? Try searching for your keywords in the Title field of the item record.
- Found an excellent article on your research question? Make sure you check the references to find more relevant articles...citation chaining!
Major Planning and Public Policy Databases
A citation and abstract database of peer-reviewed literature in the areas of science, technology, medicine, social sciences, arts, and humanities.
Web of Science
Indexes major journals in the sciences, social sciences and humanities.
Searches peer-reviewed papers, dissertations, books, preprints, reports from academic publishers, professional societies, universities and other scholarly organizations.