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Improve database search results:

  1. Add additional, more specific keywords to your search to find more relevant results
  2. Use Filters: publication date, material type, etc
  3. Evaluate author supplied keywords from the most relevant results to see if there are terms you can use to improve your search

Improve these search results!  See the screenshot below for how

Add additional, more specific keywords to your search

add more specific keywords to get fewer more relevant results

Find author supplied keywords below the abstracts of relevant articles.

Find author supplied keywords below the abstract of most articles

 

Too Many Results

Too Few Results

To reduce the number of results you are getting:

  • Add additional keywords to your search
  • Use more specific keyword to describe the topic
  • Apply Filters:
    • Publication Date 
    • Material Type
    • Subject, Topic, Category Filters 

To increase the number of results you are getting:

  • Reduce the the number of keywords
  • Use less specific keywords to describe the topic
  • Try a different database
  • Use more OR operators between synonyms  
  • Use fewer AND's between keywords 

Narrow search results in Web of Science database by add more search terms to the search within results for box

Broaden your results:

Check spelling, and search field, use fewer key words, more synonyms, use database filters, and use truncation (gene* searches gene or genetically

Narrow your results:

Use fewer concepts (get more specific) and use more limiters (years, peer-reviewed only, etc.)

Web of Science search results can by narrowed by adding more terms to the search within results and re-sorting results by relevance and times-cited can bring the best results to the top of the list