On this page, you can get help with the following question:
You can come up with a list of keywords by looking at your research question and circling or writing down the most important words. If you are working with a PICO research question, you can simply identity the population, intervention, outcome and control/comparison.
Example Research Question: "How does the use of exercise compare to medication in reducing anxiety in elderly women?" For this research question, the PICO elements and initial keywords are:
Watch the video below to learn more, including:
|Synonyms & alternative words
|physical activity, physical exertion, active lifestyle, walking, hiking, moderate intensity exercise, strength training, yoga
|treatment of anxiety, anxiety treatment, anxiety, management of anxiety
As you search for sources using your keywords, take note of the terminology used by authors to write about your topic. Add new keywords to your list and try adjusting your searches using the keywords you see in articles and books on your topic.
Before You Begin - A Checklist
To successfully find information you will need:
|Use "quotation marks" for exact-phrase searching
|Search for keywords within specific fields - use the drop-down list beside the search box.
|Use suggested topics, subjects and thesaurus terms for more refined searching
|Use the available limiter options (left side of results page)
|Use narrower keywords
|Check "Books & Media" to find just books, ebooks and media
|Use "OR" to look for versions of the same concept (synonyms, related words)
|Use * [shift+8] after a word's root to search all endings
|Use broader keywords
|Uncheck “CapU Library Collections and Subscriptions” in Discovery
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