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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

Example

(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

  1. You do not need to include all alternative keywords in your search
  2. If your initial search doesn't work, try different combinations of keywords
  3. Search the Abstract field for your keywords

Use this tool to create a search strategy that you can use in a variety of databases.


  Concept 1 AND Concept 2 AND Concept 3
Name your concepts here:    
Search terms Search terms Search terms

List alternate terms for each concept.

These can be:

Use single words or short phrases.


OR

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OR

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OR

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Cut & paste the results into most database search boxes, including Discover, Proquest, EBSCOhost, Informit and Scopus.

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