Learn Effective Database Search Strategies
(The following are suggestions to improve your search results)
Use different search terms or key words
a. Try using other words to describe your topic, it will give you better results.
b. Examples: veterans and PTSD, soldiers and PTSD, post-traumatic stress disorder and war, PTSD and families
Truncation or wildcard (*)
a. This will locate alternate endings for your search term.
b. Example - mar* to find marriage, marital, married, etc.
c. Note: Some databases use different symbols; consult the help page for the correct symbol
Try different databases
a. Each database contains unique material, so searching a different database may yield more relevant research.
a. Each database has a page with tips to help you effectively search that resource.
Use Time-saving Library Services
UNLV Interlibrary Loan: Use this account to get articles, books, and other resources from our interlibrary loan system that are not available through UNLV Libraries for free by clicking HERE to set up an account.
RefWorks: Software that will allow you to store, organize and format your research citations via the Internet automatically.
Google Scholar is a subset of Google that is designed to search for academic and scholarly articles and books online.
Research Consultations: If you would like to schedule a time that is convenient for your schedule to discuss your research, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or 702-895-2141.
Use the following resources to track citations, including by author, number of articles cited, number of articles published, etc.