1. Keywords: Databases do not typically support natural language searching like you use in Google. So, typing in sentences or long phrases does not work. One method of searching is to use keywords and connect them with Boolean operators. Keywords are the most important words in your research question. Keywords are the search terms that you will type into the search box:
2. Using AND, OR, NOT: Boolean operators are the words AND, OR, and NOT. Boolean Operators are how you connect your keywords:
Tutorial: Boolean searching
3. Two more search tips:
For example "Action Research" will search this term as a complete phrase. Without the quotes, the database will separate the word action from the word research leaving you with many irrelevant results.
education* will search education OR educational OR educated OR educating
he most direct route is to search PsycINFO . Select Advanced Search, enter your topic, and then select Empirical Study in the Methodology field.
To search for empirical studies in ERIC, go to Advanced Search, enter your topic in the 1st search box, empirical study in the 2nd box. In the Limiters section: 1) Select Peer-Reviewed. 2) In the Journal or Document field, select Journal. 3) Select Reports-Research from the Publication Type field.
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