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Selecting and Using Keywords

 

Database Thinglink images and video tutorials

The following images and video tutorials highlight basic search strategies for just a few of the highly recommended databases to use for your research.

 

Nutrition and Food Sciences Database

Hover your cursor over the flashing bluearrows to learn more

Nutrition and Food Science Database Video Tutorial

 

Web of Science

Hover your cursor over the flashing greenarrows to learn more

Web of Science Video Tutorial

 

ScienceDirect

Hover your cursor over the flashing orangearrows to learn more

ScienceDirect Video Tutorial

 

 

CQ Researcher

Use CQ Researcher as a guide to locating current issues and further resources related to your topic.

Hover your cursor over the flasing buttons to learn how.

 

Recommended Databases

Hover your cursor over the  information icon to learn about the databases

Go to the Database Tutorials tab for help

 

Get the full-text of the articles

GetIt@CSULB Link

pdf linked to database

Use BeachReach to request a copy 

 

Ways to 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

 

Too many? Or too few results?

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 

 

Learn how to improve your search results.  See the screenshots below. 

 

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