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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.
What is RefWorks?
RefWorks is a web-based bibliographic software package that enables you to:
"New" RefWorks Instructions
A Few Social Work-related examples below: