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Tips for Upper-level Students
- Problem: there are several ways to construct your search.
- Solution: Always write down any synonyms for your search terms and simply try combinations of those terms.
- The author of a publication may be using a certain term or jargon, while you are searching for another one. Example: "punch drunk syndrome" versus "CTE" or "Chronic traumatic encephalopathy"
- Databases might not make connections between similar terms
- Use Advanced Search option Boolean operator "or" to combine terms:
- Problem: you only have so much time to do research!
- Solution: look for Help options within the databases that can increase the efficiency of your search
Use the examples below for help within specific databases
Academic Search (EBSCOHost)
Main search page Search Options, Apply Equivalent Subjects + Apply Related Words + Also Search Within Full text of articles
From main search box, enter search term(s) from search results page, left side options scroll down to Research Area, select all that apply
Credo Advanced Search Limit Your Search Results to... Select Subjects or Titles
Summon Advanced Search Content Type & Discipline filters
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