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TTC Library: Database Search Tips

Use Boolean Operators in your search

Boolean Operators (AND, OR, NOT)

AND finds both terms, OR finds one or both, NOT finds one term, but excludes the other

Tips to Improve your Search

Limit to Academic Journals

Limiting your search to Academic journals helps you eliminate news articles, book reviews, magazines and trade publications. 

Search by Subject

Limiting the search by subject will help you find articles with your search terms as a primary focus of the article.

Database Search Tips

Boolean Operators

Use AND, OR, NOT to narrow down your search results

Truncation *

use the * to truncate a search term that may have multiple relevant endings.

ex. searching for child* will find results with the words: child, child's, children

Quotation marks

Put quotation marks around phrases to search for the phrase rather than the words separately.

ex. "physical therapy" will only retrieve results with the phrase physical therapy. 

Database Limiters  (Often found on the Advance Search Screen)

Use database limiters to narrow down your search results: full-text articles only, a certain date range, or only peer-reviewed articles, evidence based practice research

Using Limits to refine your Search

Limit your Search to Academic Journals

Limit your Search to Academic Journals

Limiting your search to Academic journals helps you eliminate news articles, book reviews, magazines and trade publications. Keep in mind that you may want to look at newspaper articles too.

Limit your search by Subject

Limit your Search by Subject

Limiting the search by subject will help you find articles with your search terms as a primary focus of the article.