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You can find keywords in several ways:
1) Brainstorm words that are related to the words in your search; e.g.:
- high school
- middle school
2) Look for words that databases use as controlled vocabulary (in PsycINFO, find this using the Thesaurus tool):
Use "quotation marks" to search for a phrase
Example: "public health"
Save time by searching multiple forms of a word simultaneously.
colleg* finds college, colleges, collegium, collegial
col*r finds color, colour, colander
Use boolean operators to get better search results.
AND to join dissimilar terms, e.g. cloning AND ethics
OR to join similar terms, e.g. ethic* OR moral*
NOT to exclude some results, e.g. cloning NOT reproductive
Use limiters to refine and narrow your search.
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