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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.
- * Use an asterisk to find articles using any of the variants of the same root word.
- administrat* = administration, administrative, administrator, administrations
- Use more inclusive search terms.
- Bigger locations - too few results from los angeles, try california
- More general terms - too few results from senate, try congress
- 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.
- "clean water act"
- "americans with disabilities act"
- 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.
- policy => statute
policy => regulation
- Search fewer sources, one top journal at a time.
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