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.
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)
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"
In this example you want both cystic
fibrosis and gene therapy to be in the same article, so
If you want either idea but not necessarily
both, use "OR"