Rather than trying to construct one perfect search, plan on trying several experimental searches. As you search, seek out diverse perspectives by using a variety of keywords. Look for interdisciplinary perspectives on your topic by trying out your searches in more than one database.
1. Using a database of your choice, try an advanced search using several of the following search strategies.
2. Finding too many results? Use filters to narrow your initial search results and learn new search terms.
Most databases have a set of powerful filtering tools, usually on the left side of the screen after you search. Use these to refine your search results and learn new search terms.
Databases commonly allow you to filter your search results for the type of information you are looking for (e.g., limit your search results to scholarly articles or literature reviews). You can usually filter for publication date and subject or research area as well. By combining multiple search filters, you can quickly turn a broad search into several targeted searches.