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ENG 499 - Ellison: Search Strategies

Tips for Upper-level Students


 

  • Problem: you are using all of the advanced search options, but you're not finding enough results.
  • Solution: It's better to start wide/general and then use options and filters to narrow your search results.

    


 

  • Problem: there are several ways to construct your search. 
  • SolutionAlways 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

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Use the examples below for help within specific databases


 

Academic Search (EBSCOHost)

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Main search page  Search Options, Apply Equivalent Subjects + Apply Related Words + Also Search Within Full text of articles

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Project MUSE

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From main search box, enter search term(s)  from search results page, left side options  scroll down to Research Area, select all that apply

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Credo Reference

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Credo Advanced Search  Limit Your Search Results to... Select Subjects or Titles

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Summon

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Summon Advanced Search  Content Type & Discipline filters

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