Before you start modifying your search, go back and review Step 2: Choose a Topic, Step 3: Write a Research Question, and Step 4: Generate Keywords to be sure you have properly defined the scope of your search.
If you are confident in your topic, your question, and your set of keywords, then try these tricks:
1. Use search limiters/filters
The filters or limiters available will vary by database, but nearly all databases, including WISE, will have some filtering options.
|Sidebar limiters "Social Sciences Full Text"||Sidebar limiters "SCOPUS"|
2. Sort by relevance
Some databases sort results by most recent, which may be helpful in some cases, but can mean that you never find the most relevant or useful results. Sort by “Relevance” or “Times Cited” when possible.
3. Search in subject-specific database
The number of resources in a large general database like Academic Search Complete can be overwhelming. These databases are great for those times when you need articles on a topic from the perspective of many different fields/disciplines, but many times, what you really need is a subject-specific database.
Use the filter options on the library's online resources page to find the database that works best for your subject.
If you find that you aren't getting enough results, remove the limiters or filters on your search, move to a more general database, or go back and revise your topic, research question, or keywords - you have probably chosen a topic that is too narrow.