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Literature Searching: Step 3: Constructing the search

Follow our step-by-step guide to help you carry out a good literature search

Useful handouts

http://www.freeholdboro.k12.nj.us/Page/2072

Use this handout for help with using Boolean techniques and Library Search.

Youtube help

Use this as a guide to get you started using Boolean...

Don't just use keywords

TOP 5 HINTS & TIPS FOR BETTER SEARCHING TECHNIQUE (Using Boolean)

1. Use AND to combine searches together e.g. diabetes AND obesity

2. Use OR to widen your search (works well with similar words/phrases) e.g. teenager OR adolescent

3. Use NOT when you want to eliminate records from your searches e.g. teenager AND diabetes NOT pregnancy

4. Use "..." around phrases for searching words together as a phrase and not individual keywords e.g. "insulin resistance"

5. Use ...* at the end of a term to search for the same words with different endings e.g. nurs* which will search for nurse, nurses, and nursing at the same time