Learn how to quickly put together a powerful search.
To get started, choose one of the example topics.
crows, ravens, rooks, corvids, corvus, ….
emotions, social behavior, social intelligence, sympathy, ….
Give it a try for your topic! When you're done, click the next arrow.
Identify the core concepts in your question or topic.
Do crows show empathy?
Generate several related words & phrases for each core concept.
Use OR to join synonyms.
Use AND to join core concepts.
crow OR raven OR rook OR corvid
Use your words and phrases to construct a search in a database.
More tips? Click next.
empathy OR emotion OR social intelligence
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empath* OR emotion* OR "social intelligence"
crow* OR raven* OR rook* OR corv*
Use * to find multiple endings (e.g., emotion* finds emotion, emotions, emotional, …)
Use “quotes” to find entire phrases.
Next, take a look at an example search in the database Web of Science.
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