Search by keywords and small phrases. Maximize your keyword searches with Boolean searching. What's Boolean?
Use "quotation marks" to search for whole phrases.
Use the database’s built in limiting features. Some databases have a filter for full-text or scholarly journals.
Consider truncation. The symbol used is usually *.
ATHLE* will retrieve:
athelete, athletics, athletes, athletic, etc.
Try using the database’s subject terms. Those are listed in the database’s thesaurus, or they may be listed near the article abstract.
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