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Food Science

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