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Research Methodologies: Search Materials





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Troubleshooting Search Results

You may encounter the following problems:

  • Too many results, use
    • AND or search as phrase using quotation marks “  ”
    • more specific keywords
    • limit results by date, document type, etc.
  • Too few results, use
    • OR
    • asterisk *
    • more general keywords, synonyms & related words
  • Many irrelevant results, exclude
    • keywords that are too general
  • No results
    • check spelling
    • use more OR & synonyms
    • redefine your research topic

If you need help, check with your professor or ask a librarian

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