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GEOG 600: Geographic Thought, Analysis, and Research

Prof. Alana Rader


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Brianna Limas
UL 102B
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Search Tips

The research guides linked here outline useful techniques and tutorials for advanced research:

Here are some additional tips to get you started in OneSearch:

To get more results, broaden your search.

  • Use fewer search terms. Look for words not unique to your topic that you could cut from your search string.
  • OR Use OR to link synonyms, so you get articles where the authors used other terms to describe the same concept. 
    • (river OR riparian)
    • (city OR urban)

Use an asterisk * to find articles using any of the variants of the same root word.

  • geograph* = geography, geographies, geographic
  • Use more inclusive search terms.
    • Bigger locations - too few results from los angeles, try california
    • More general terms - too few results from mojave, try desert
  • Search as many possible sources at once by using Google Scholar.

To get fewer results, narrow your search.

  • " " Use quotation marks to find exact phrases, when you need words next to each other in precise sequence to have the meaning you intend.
    • "social capital"
    • "food insecurity"
  • Add more concepts to your search. Consider the who, what, when, where, why, and how.
  • Use narrower, more specific concepts or aspects of your original topic.
    • global climate change => sea level rise
  • Search fewer sources, one top journal at a time.


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