This guide is intended to introduce student in Rehabilitation Science to resource available in the library and online to help with basic research questions, scholarly papers, and general information about topics within the field. Use this guide to help find peer-reviewed articles, learn what databases to use for specific content, or how to cite papers.
Too many results?
1. Filter out non-scholarly articles. If you are required to find peer-reviewed articles, look for the "Peer-Reviewed" box located in most databases to quickly weed-out most non-scholarly works. This will also remove newspapers, dissertations, blogs, and governmental or business reports.
2. Select "Full-Text" whenever you can. This will narrow results automatically to articles you can read right away, avoiding unnecessary delays for Interlibrary Loan.
3. Limit your results by most recent articles only. Most databases have either a limit or sort feature, enabling you to push more recent--and therefore more authoritative--results to the top.
4. Narrow your topic by adding more keywords for a particular time, place, demographic, or perspective. If your topic is "Potatoes", you may try to include other keywords like Peruvian, Indigenous Peoples, Neolithic, Economic Aspects.
Too Few Results?
1. Cast a broader net with your search terms. Choose more general terms, remove specific locations ("zoom out" on the map: South America instead of Brazil).
2. Remove filters like "Full-Text". This may require you to use our Interlibrary Loan Service (ILLIAD).
3. Use a thesaurus to find synonyms for keywords.
4. Try different databases. We have a variety of resources--be diverse in your searching.
5. Contact your librarian. We are happy to help you explore alternative search strategies and locations to help you find resources.