Link terms to increase relevance
While an article may contain your keywords, it may not be in a way you intend. Linking terms can improve the relevance of the results.
- Looks for one term within a specified distance of another.
- Increases the likelihood the terms are used in a similar context.
- Find terms in the same phrase, sentence or paragraph.
- e.g. oil W3 spill
Proximity searching is not available in all databases
Use the following guidelines to find terms in the same:
- phrase, use W/3, W/4, or W/5
- sentence, use W/15
- paragraph, use W/50
- some databases will also let you specify order of the terms
- Place two or more words in "inverted commas" or "quote marks".
- Looks for a specific phrase, as entered.
- Without "" the terms will be searched separately.
- e.g. "climate change"
Select database-appropriate terms
Some databases use a controlled vocabulary, or consistent and predefined terminologies for describing and organising information.
- A collection of preferred indexing terms of a particular database.
- Adds specificity to your search as you will.
- Highlights relationships between terms in hierarchical format.
- Most databases attach subject headings to the articles.
- Follow the links to additional articles on the same subject.
- Add the subject to a search to locate relevant results.