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Interfaces and search options vary across databases, but best practices for searching are relatively consistent across interfaces. No matter which database you choose, remember these important tips.
Don't search with your topic as a single phrase. Determine the key concepts of your topic. Then place each concept in an individual search bar.
Search Box 1: adolescents
Search Box 2: motivation
Search Box 3: behavior
When searching for synonyms or related terms for core concepts, use OR.
Search Box 1: adolescents OR teenagers OR young adults OR teen OR youth
Search Box 2: motivation OR engagement OR participation
Search Box 3: behavior OR attitudes OR actions OR perceptions
In each database, look for "peer reviewed" to limit your search to scholarly articles.
When appropriate, set date range on your topic. Example: 2009-2019. Ten years is the benchmark for searching most of the time. Sometimes you will want to go further back in time or have items more current.