Search Strategy Information 1. Identify your research topic or research question. Be specific, not general. For example:
How has fast food contributed to the childhood obesity epidemic?
2. Divide your research topic or question into basic key ideas, called “concepts.” Example:
- fast food
3. Write other words or phrases that might be used for each concept; put quotes around phrases (multiple words to be searched together, e.g. “fast food”); write OR between different words or phrases for each concept. Example:
- "fast food"
- children OR teens OR "young people" OR adolescents
- obesity OR overweight
Search Strategy InformationHow to use the Article Databases on the Library Website
Search for high quality academic sources using the Search page:
- To search for more than one "concept", click 'Advanced Search' below the Search box.
- Type the search word(s) for one concept related to your topic. Type an OR between synonymous words for the same concept, e.g. children OR teens OR "young people" OR adolescents
- Repeat the same step in subsequent search boxes for additional concepts.
- Click 'Search'.
- In the results, click a source title to see detailed information and an article summary.
- Click on a 'Full Text' link at the upper left side of the page.
- Email an article by clicking 'Email' at the right of the article.
- Include a formatted article citation by selecting your desired format (e.g. MLA) in the email dialog box.
- Click 'Search' in the 'Google' box on the right column to repeat your same search in Google.
- Use quote marks (“ ”) around search phrases, e.g., “fast food”
- Use OR between words for the same concept, e.g., children OR teens OR "young people" OR adolescents
- Limit searches to sites from a specific web domain (e.g., site:.edu, site:.gov )
- Limit searches to a specific website, e.g., site:nytimes.com will limit a search to the NY Times website
- Limit by time period by clicking on 'Search Tools' at the top of the results page and the 'Any Time' pull-down menu