Kelvin Smith Library
Strategy 1 - Consult reference materials
Strategy 2 - Gather keywords, terminology and concepts
from citations and abstracts
Strategy 3 - Focus your research
Strategy 4 - Look for key authors/researchers in the field
Strategy 5 - Consult recent literature reviews in the field
Truncation is represented by an asterisk (*). To use truncation, enter the root of a search term and replace the ending with an asterisk, and EBSCOhost will search for all variations of that word.
For example, type comput* to find the words computer or computing.
Phrase Searching can be a useful way of narrowing searches to more relevant results by having the database search for an exact phrase, instead of a set of terms that appear in the same record but may not be situated together.
For example, searching the phrase "social psychology", using quotation marks, will return only those database records which contain this exact phrase.