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I typed my terms in the search bar and nothing came up? My topic is too narrow.

Last Updated: Nov 21, 2014  |  24 Views

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Try to think of the broader topics or issues it might be related to, or have an impact on. 

Another strategy might be to change your search words - can you think of another term that describes your topic?

Keyword searching is a search that uses any word or series of words related to your topic. For example searching "global warming" in the search box of a particular database will yield all records with the word "global warming" found in the abstract field or text of the article. Remember that you may want to use different keywords to find exactly what you are looking for or add keywords to your initial search to expand your results.

Use "or" to add alternate terms to your search: "global warming" or "climate change"

Use "and" to add additional, more specific concepts to your search: ("global warming" or "climate change") and arctic

As you start to find articles, you may find other keywords to use to help you locate the specific information you want for your paper.

For indiviual help with your research, please contact a librarian at your campus.

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