◊ Keep your search simple.
Bad: How does watching television harm children's health?
Good: children AND television AND health
◊ Look at your number of results.
Too Many: Add keywords or be more specific.
Too Few: Change keywords or make them more broad.
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1. If you get very few articles, your keywords might be too specific.
Instead of: body mass index of elementary school children who eat doritos
Try: body mass index AND children AND junk food
2. If you get too many articles covering different aspects of the topic, your keywords might be too general.
Instead of: plants
Try: invasive plants
3. Article authors may have used slightly different words.
For example, instead of soda, they may have used soft drinks.