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Finding an appropriate resource isn’t just about WHERE you’re looking- it’s also about HOW you’re looking. Even slightly different keywords can bring back different results. If you’re having trouble finding the results you want, starting a new search using words with similar meanings is a good technique to try. Examples:

  • “heart attack” and “cardiac arrest”
  • “car” and “automobile”
  • “air ambulance” and “medevac”
  • “orthokeratology” and “corneal refractive therapy”

Let’s try searching in Gale InfoTrac’s Health Resources, located through the LIRN link on the Library Homepage, for the following example: “heart attack” and “cardiac arrest”. Click “Connect to Gale InfoTrac” to access the database. Clicking on “Power Search” will search all the databases within Gale InfoTrac and bring back the most results.

We’ll search for peer-reviewed, full-text articles with the keyword “cardiac arrest” first. Make sure to check the boxes marked “to documents with full text” AND “to peer-reviewed publications”.

As you can see, this search for “cardiac arrest” brought back 2,374 results.

Next, we’ll search for peer-reviewed, full-text articles with the keyword “heart attack”.

The same search parameters with “heart attack” brought back 7,111 results. That’s more than twice as many as “cardiac arrest”!

Try some of the other sample searches we provided. Narrower search terms bring back fewer results than broad ones.

If you have any questions, or if you aren’t able to find resources for your topic of choice, contact your librarian! We’re happy to help you find another way to search.

Comments on: "Searching Basics: Finding the Right Search Term" (2)

  1. […] If you decide to do a keyword search, try coming up with synonyms for some of your keywords to get a better idea of the proper terms for your topic. See our earlier blog post for more on choosing the right search term. […]

  2. […] Not getting the results you expected? Try coming up with synonyms for some of your keywords to get a better idea of the proper terms for your topic. See our earlier blog post for more on choosing the right search term. […]

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