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Other Common Tools

There are a number of various tools to finesse a search, but some of the most commonly used tools are:

  • truncation
  • exact phrase searching
  • nested searching

Truncation:

To search for different forms of a root word, such as vaccin* to find vaccine, vaccines, vaccinate, vaccination, vaccinations, etc..  You can use a wildcard to look for alternate letters within a word, such as wome*n to find woman as well as women.  The asterisk * is used in the library catalog and many databases for this. 

  • vaccin*
  • vaccin* AND wom*n

Use the * thoughtfully.  It can result in false hits (gam* will bring gaming and gamer as well as gambling and gambler). 

To find a specific phrase, with the words next to each other in order, use double quotation marks around the phrase:

  • "flu vaccine" 

Use the " " thoughtfully.  It can eliminate some relevant articles.

To build a search to combine the concepts, use a nested search:

  • vaccin* AND (influenza OR flu) AND ((college OR university) AND student*)

When combining searches, use parentheses ( ) around different parts of the search, as in the example above or the Scopus search below.

 

( (TITLE ( hypertension  OR  "high blood pressure"  OR  "elevated blood pressure"  OR  htn  OR  hypertensive ) )  OR  ( ABS ( hypertension  OR  "high blood pressure"  OR  "elevated blood pressure"  OR  htn  OR  hypertensive ) ) )  AND  ( ( TITLE ( mhealth  OR  m-health  OR  "mobile health"  OR  ehealth  OR  e-health  OR  telehealth  OR  tele-health  OR  tele-medicine  OR  telemedicine  OR  phone  AND  app*  OR  "mobile app*"  OR  apps  OR  app  OR  "health technology"  OR  "mobile phone*"  OR  "cell phone*"  OR  "cellphone*"  OR  "smartphone*"  OR  "smart phone*"  OR  "web based"  OR  "web-based"  OR  website  OR  "web-site"  OR  "web site"  OR  "internet-based"  OR  "internet based" ) )  OR  ( ABS ( mhealth  OR  m-health  OR  "mobile health"  OR  ehealth  OR  e-health  OR  telehealth  OR  tele-health  OR  tele-medicine  OR  telemedicine  OR  phone  AND  app*  OR  "mobile app*"  OR  apps  OR  app  OR  "health technology"  OR  "mobile phone*"  OR  "cell phone*"  OR  "cellphone*"  OR  "smartphone*"  OR  "smart phone*"  OR  "web based"  OR  "web-based"  OR  website  OR  "web-site"  OR  "web site"  OR  "internet-based"  OR  "internet based" ) ) )  AND  ( ( ABS ( "self-care"  OR  "self care"  OR  selfcare  OR  "self-manag*"  OR  "self manag*"  OR  "selfmanag*"  OR  "self-monitor*"  OR  "self monitor*"  OR  selfmonitor*  OR  coach*  OR  interven*  OR  "patient educat*" ) )  OR  ( TITLE ( "self-care"  OR  "self care"  OR  selfcare  OR  "self-manag*"  OR  "self manag*"  OR  "selfmanag*"  OR  "self-monitor*"  OR  "self monitor*"  OR  selfmonitor*  OR  coach*  OR  interven*  OR  "patient educat*" ) ) )  AND  ( LIMIT-TO ( PUBYEAR ,  2022 )  OR  LIMIT-TO ( PUBYEAR ,  2021 )  OR  LIMIT-TO ( PUBYEAR ,  2020 )  OR  LIMIT-TO ( PUBYEAR ,  2019 )  OR  LIMIT-TO ( PUBYEAR ,  2018 )  OR  LIMIT-TO ( PUBYEAR ,  2017 ) )  AND  ( LIMIT-TO ( LANGUAGE ,  "English" ))