1. Look at your assessment task or question
What are the main ideas?
What concepts or theories have you covered in your subject?
Write down your main ideas, synonyms, related words and phrases.
2. Connect your search words
"adolescent" OR "teenager"
They mean the same thing. This search will find both (or either) of the search words.
"adolescent" AND "physical activity"
These words represent the main ideas in the question. This will find results with both of the search words.
3. Use search tricks
The asterisk * symbol helps you search for words with different endings.
teen* will find words like teen, teens, teenager and teenagers.
Quotation marks (e.g. "physical activity") will find common phrases to make your results more relevant.
4. Improve your results
You can narrow your search results in databases by filtering the appropriate fields. For example:
- year (for up-to-date research)
- type (e.g. article or book)
- subject (for relevance)
5. Practice searching
- Practice searching by using your own assessment question.
- The Search Word Generator will help you think of relevant words and phrases to use with AND or OR.
- Take this 5-10 minute database searching tutorial for guided help with the Library's SEARCH.