Searching in a library database is very different than searching in Google. The database uses certain language and codes to understand exactly what you're looking for.
Use the tips on this page to turn your research topic into a research strategy.
Remember, research is not linear. You may not find everything you need after one search. If you do not find what you're looking for, try adapting or changing your search terms.
Sample topic: “Why does therapeutic hypothermia cause cardiac arrest?”
We recommend using the Advanced Search button on the library homepage.
Separate the key concepts of your research topic. Each key concept becomes a search term.
Concept 1: therapeutic hypothermia
Concept 2: cardiac arrest
On the Advanced Search page, you can put each concept/search term into a separate search field.
The database tries to find articles that contain every search term you use. This means, if an author uses a different keyword than you, their article won't show up in the results list. Therefore, brainstorm synonyms for your keywords. Separate synonyms with OR to tell the database to look for articles with either word.
The database can help you come up with key words. Start typing in your search terms and then type OR - a dropdown of optional synonyms will come up. Choose the most appropriate words for your topic.
Final search terms: