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Start by identifying the concepts (main ideas) from your assignment topic prior to searching. Then consider alternative words for these concepts which, together with the concept term, become your searchable keywords.
Example Search Strategy
Journals are the primary medium for scholarly communication and account for a large percentage of university research output. They:
Journals contain collections of articles and are generally published on a regular basis.
Learn how to search for journals using the Scopus database.
Journal articles are often found in databases.
Database limits and filters may be applied to reduce your search results if you have too many. Some useful limits include 'English Language' or date. Note the following about using limits:
Using a limit only applies to the database you are currently searching. If you have selected more than one, only the results from the filtered database will display.
If the database is bibliographic (abstract) only – it won’t find any full-text. Using a full text limiter will therefore yield 0 results.
If you limit your results, there is always the potential that you could miss some important/useful research. The video below will demonstrate how to apply limits and filters in PubMed. Most databases are similar.
Problems finding full text?
Once you have identified potential articles, you need to start evaluating them to identify which articles are the most relevant and appropriate.
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