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Putting it all together
Now look at your keywords and decide which search tools to use with each keyword to create your search. Generally you will use:
AND between your topics
OR between alternative words for a single topic
Truncation * and Wildcard ? for word variations
Phrase searching " " for specific phrases
Nesting (brackets) to combine keywords and search tools into a search string
(teens OR teenager* OR "young adults" OR youth OR adolescen*)
AND ("mental health" OR depress* OR anxiety)
AND (exercise OR "physical activity" OR sports) Hint
You do not need to include all alternative keywords in your search
If your initial search doesn't work, try different combinations of keywords
Abstract field for your keywords
Use this tool to create a search strategy that you can use in a variety of databases.
Cut & paste the results into most database search boxes, including Discover, Proquest, EBSCOhost, Informit and Scopus.
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