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Search strategies

What are you looking for?

1. Before beginning to search for information on your topic, it helps to define your question to clarify exactly what you are looking for. Try writing it out as a statement or a question.

For example:
You are looking for information on current protocols of gene therapy for cystic fibrosis.

2. Once you have written your statement, identify the main terms or ideas from your search topic.

Main ideas (1) cystic fibrosis   (2) gene therapy

Most indexes/databases require you to search concepts or terms, such as the main ideas listed above, instead of entire questions. In other words, avoid typing the question "information on current protocols of gene therapy for cystic fibrosis" into the Medline search box because your results will be zero.

3. Combine your ideas with "AND" or "OR"

In this example you want both cystic fibrosis and gene therapy to be in the same article, so use "AND"

If you want either idea but not necessarily both, use "OR"

 

 

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