Answered By: Holly Schettler
Last Updated: Feb 16, 2017     Views: 81

If you are getting no results or too few results when searching in a database, you will need to broaden your search.  You may want to think of synonyms for your keywords - are there other ways to describe your topic?  Check the Boolean connectors (AND, OR, NOT) you chose - have you combined too many terms in one search?

If your topic is extremely specific, it is possible that there won't be a perfect article that addresses all aspects of it - but there will probably be articles that are more general or that addres at least one aspect of your topic from which you can draw conclusions.

As always, librarians are available to help you devise a successful search strategy. Contact a librarian through email, chat, or in person.

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