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MAN4602 / International Business

Course guide for the MAN4602 course.

Tips & Tricks for Improving Search Results

  • Combine Search Terms: If you used one of the methods for breaking down your topic included in the guide, you likely have a number of search terms to work with.  When searching the databases, you can combine these search terms to improve your search (get fewer results, but more results on your topic).  Here's a tip to help you with the process.
Using AND/OR:  Most databases will give you the option of using their Advanced Search features, which often include the option of combining your search terms using AND and OR.  Keep these two things in mind when using these terms to combine your searches:
    1. AND will decrease your number of results.  Use it to combine dissimilar search terms.
    2. OR will increase your number of results.  Use it to combine similar search terms (synonyms, related terms).
  • Use Database Limiters: A majority of databases offer limiters that you can set before you even run your search.  Setting them beforehand can help to eliminate unwanted results.  Limiters tend to include date range, type of publication, content of publication, and language, though others may be available.  If you forget to set your limiters beforehand, don't worry - you can usually add limiters when you get your results.

  • Article Abstracts & Subjects Terms/Keywords: Some academic articles can be upwards of 20 pages long (if not more!).  You won't have time to read every article that has a title that looks good.  You'll want to rely on the abstract of the article to determine if the article includes the information that you are looking for.  If the record for the article also includes subject terms or keywords, check those to see if they align with your search.

  • Don't Check the Full-Text Only Box! Some databases will give you the option of only seeing articles that are available as full-text in the database.  This may sound ideal, but keep in mind that the Libraries likely has access in other locations to the articles not found full-text in the database. Checking the full-text only box will limit your results and stop you from finding valuable resources.