In the last Module, we learned about quite a few search tips through the "Quick Tips & Shortcuts for Database Searching" video. During this module we will be talking more in depth about a few of these techniques and learn some others that were not mentioned. Here is a review of what was covered: Keywords Subject Terms Limiters Advanced Search Box Boolean Operators Quotations Broad/Narrow Searches Subject Terms Index/Thesaurus Search within a Publication in a Database Cite Feature Words you think will be in an article about your topic. Can help you find more specific terms or subjects to search for. If you don’t find things using the first words you choose try searching using some synonyms. The words a database used to categorize sources about a particular topic. Each database may use different Subject Terms or multiple Subject Terms to describe a source. Can be used to target your searching, before you search or after to narrow. Examples of pre-limits include publication year, full text or peer review. Most limits can also be applied after the fact to narrow down your search. They may be called filters if you apply them after you search. Allows you to create a more specific search than the basic search box since you can target parts of the document to look for your keyword in. We learned about some of the fields in an advanced search through exploring the graphic in Mod 3. Capital AND/OR/NOT – the language you use to help the database connect your words and create a more specific search. Using “quotations” around a compound term tells the database to search it together as a phrase. e.g. “Social Media” or “data mining” You will need to try several different searches in a database to get manageable and relevant search results. Searching for “data mining” may be too broad and at the same time searching for “data mining” AND banks AND usernames AND passwords might be too specific. It’s a balancing act – you will need to try different combinations in each database. This helps you figure out what terms the database uses for the topics you are looking for. If you can’t find a link to this in the database- you can also run a keyword search and see if you can view the Subject Terms of each article in your results list. You can use these terms to run a more specific subject search using the advanced search. If you have found that a relevant journal title. You can use the advanced search box to search within that title for your topic. HINT: You may need to move from a basic search to an advanced search to do this in some of the databases. This allows the database to automatically generate a citation of each source using a variety of citation styles, which can be copied/pasted into your document. HINT: You will need to double check this against the rules of your style to make sure the database didn’t make any errors.