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Nursing Research: Search Tips

Guide and quick links to nursing and health related resources

Search Tips

You've got your research question; now it's time for effective searching. Try these tips:

  • Brainstorm a variety of keywords (poverty, low-income, income level, social class)
  • To Narrow search: Connect keywords with and (poverty and education and achievement)
  • Use quotes to search for a phrase ("social inequality")
  • To Broaden search: Use or to search synonyms (poverty or low-income and education)
  • Search by keywords, not sentences (poverty and "secondary education" and achievement instead of effect of poverty on high school students)
  • Use * to get different endings of a root word (school* searches for school, schools, schooling)
  • Look for subject terms or descriptors; use these terms to find more articles on your topic

Subject Guide

Serena Giese