You have done your search and come up with 1,760 results! It’s time to narrow your search.
1. Make your topic more specific by asking questions:
– Who? Who is involved, who is affected? If you’re interested in poverty be more specific: poverty in single-parent families.
– Where? Are you interested in data from Canada? Or can you limit it to poverty in the rural population?
– When? Are you researching the last 5 years or during the 1960s?
2. Make your topic more specific by using subject headings.
3. Modify your search by adding, removing or changing your keywords:
– Add in your other concepts using the AND Boolean operator when necessary. Remember that AND will narrow your search by making it more specific.
Example: drug abuse AND sports
– Use a different keyword from your list of synonyms.
Example: substance abuse instead of drug abuse
– Enter fewer synonyms or try a narrower term.
Example: college instead of post-secondary, teenagers instead of youth
4. Group your search terms or use exact phrases as explained in the section Create a Search Statement.
5. Use the limit options available with each database:
– Type of document
– Date of publication
– Scholarly or peer-reviewed journals