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Respiratory Care: DATABASE SEARCH TIPS

QUICK TIPS: SELECTING A DATABASE

Watch This Short Video To Learn How To Access Subject Specific Databases (to search for articles)! 

SEARCHING DATABASES USING A PICO QUESTION

WATCH THIS SHORT VIDEO TO LEARN HOW TO SEARCH DATABASES for articles USING EFFECTIVE TECHNIQUES SUCH AS KEYWORD SEARCHING, CONNECTORS, AND OTHER EXCITING TIPS!

SEARCH TIPS

Five Database Search Commands
SEARCH TECHNIQUE RESULTS
Phrase Searching:  Quotations are placed around a phrase. Phrase Searching Example:  "inhaled corticosteroid" returns articles containing the exact phrase in the order it is typed.
Add concepts to your search string using the Boolean operator AND. Boolean Operator AND Example:  "pediatric patient" AND asthma returns articles discussing both concepts.
Add alternate concepts to your search string using the Boolean operator OR. Boolean Operator OR Example:  "physical activity" OR "physical education" returns articles that only mention physical activity or articles that only mention physical education.
Truncation:  An asterisk truncates the term and commands the database to search for the term with any possible ending. Truncation Example:  medicat* returns articles containing medication, medicate, medicating
Wildcard:  A letter is replaced with a question mark (?) within a word.

Wildcard Example: 

wom?n returns articles containing woman, women