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Senior Design: Search techniques

General search tips

Broaden your search

  • use OR between synonyms
  • truncate words such as robot* for robots, robotic
  • Use assigned subject headings 

Narrow your search

  • use AND between terms
  • put phrases in quotes 
  • search in title field only
  • use facets or limiters like type of publication, year of publication
  • limit to full-text

Managing results

  • save search strategy
  • save search results in folders
  • export records in format of choice (e.g. EndNote, Mendeley, Zotero, RefWorks)
  • create search alerts

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