Skip to Main Content
It looks like you're using Internet Explorer 11 or older. This website works best with modern browsers such as the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge. If you continue with this browser, you may see unexpected results.

Public Health 103 (Ramírez)

Health Communication

Overall Search Plan

  • Find an appropriate search tool. Consider your subject matter, discipline, type of information needed, etc. (See Choosing Search Tools)
  • Note key concepts that relate to your topic. (See Keywords)
  • Construct a search. (See Boolean, Truncation, and Quotes)
  • Incorporate appropriate limiters as needed before conducting the search or after viewing the results list, such as date, type of article, etc. (See How Do I Use Methodology Limiters to Find Articles by Type?)
  • Skim results; read abstracts to determine an article's relevance. (See How Do I Read Scholarly Articles?)
  • Use subject terms to direct you to other articles with the same tags. (See Subject Terms)
  • Revise search as needed. Consider using other terminology you discover from titles and descriptors. 
  • Locate full-text of the article either through a HTML/PDF link, UCe-Links button, or Request (ILL) through UC-eLinks. (See Accessing the Full-Text & Info Off-Campus)
  • Review a relevant source's reference list to locate other articles, books, or authors who have written on the same topic.  (See Tracking Down Articles from Citations)
  • If you're not finding information that exactly matches your topic, use pieces of information from sources that are related.

Research 101: Searching is Strategic