Tips on ways to broaden
or narrow a search:
Too few results? You may need to broaden
- Think of more synonyms/related terms
to be combined with the OR operator (e.g. body image or eating disorders
or dieting or nutrition).
- Use truncation to vary the ending of
words. The asterisk * is the symbol commonly used for truncation, but
check the database help files (e.g. educ* would retrieve education/educational/educate)
- The AND operator narrows a search. You
may want to reduce the number of concepts you require. We could drop
the concept promotion and search for two concepts (e.g. body image and
- Remove limits such as a full text limit.
Too many results? You may need to narrow
- Try removing some of the synonyms/related
terms (e.g. just search on body image).
- Do you need to add another concept to
focus your search? (e.g. if the search retrieved too many articles on
male adolescents you could add terms to search for articles about female
- Impose limits such as full text, scholarly,
publication dates, etc.
- Use quotations for phrase searching (e.g.
"body image"). This ensures that your search terms appear
together and in the specified order.