Selecting the right search terms in the right combination is essential for finding the articles you want.
- Run multiple searches with synonyms and variations of your search terms.
- Reuse language and terminology that you encounter in your initial searches to inform your next searches.
- Keep searching as you learn more reading the abstracts and full text of the articles that you find.
- Use AND to link your search terms and narrow your search.
- Use OR to link your search terms and broaden your search.
- Use a * after the root of a word to find variations on a term.
Example: child* Finds "child," "childhood," or "children".
- Get the full text of an article.
- See if the Libraries have the article in print.
- If we don't own the article, fill out an interlibrary loan request
Public Health covers a particularly broad range of fields. Consider whether the articles you're looking for would have been published in medical and health sciences journals (PubMed), psychology and counseling journals (PsycInfo), education journals (ERIC), or one of the other fields below.
You probably already use article bibliographies to find older articles on the same topic. You can use citation searching to find more recent articles that cite a relevant older article that you already have.
These two databases can be searched like any other database, but also have a citation searching feature.