To find the most relevant articles for your topic, be sure to use subject terms. Or the index. Or the thesaurus. You'll see it described in different ways, but it always acts like a "tag" for articles in a database. Don't rely on title searching alone - and when you do find a good article, pay attention to the subject (or index) terms it has.
1. Learn about database filtering tools and options
Each database offers slightly different tools and options to help you focus your search. You may be able to filter the results by date range, document type/format, specific journals, etc. Many databases allow you to continue adding to and revising your search filters within the results, which can be very helpful!
2. Play around with words and phrases:
3. Try using some advanced searching techniques
Graham, Rebecca. "Boolean Searching" YouTube, uploaded July 2019.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FyhASqTjFPw
4. Change up where you search
Every database has different content - they aren't all the same! Try plugging your search terms into a different general or discipline-specific database to see what you find. If you aren't sure which of our online resources to use, contact John Garrison for help!
5. Go beyond the search bar