Answered By: Jenny Hatleberg
Last Updated: May 21, 2018     Views: 205

You may be thinking of your topic too narrowly. What broader topic is it related to? 

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

You may also need to change where you are searching for information. If you are using one of the library's online article databases, is the best one for your research 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 individual help with your research, please contact a librarian at your campus.

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