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Search Strategies: Useful Parts of a Good Article

Useful Parts of a Good Article

If you find an article that you find good for your research, extract other elements from it that may be helpful for you to find other articles.

These elements would include:

"Keyword: Look at the author-generated keywords, the database subject headings, the title, abstract and introduction for words that may be great additional/alternative search terms. You don't have to know everything about a topic before you start searching - let what you find introduce you to the language of the field.

Author(s): If they're written one article on this topic, they may have written more. Click on the author names to see what else they have in the database, or use their names (individually) as a search term elsewhere.

Journal: They may have published other articles on your topic; sometimes there's even a special issue wholly focused on a single topic. Consider browsing or searching within a specific publication. Oftentimes you'll end up searching in the journal's website."

References: Experts on this topic have gathered and evaluated these sources, make sure you look through them for potential sources for your own work."

 Source: Search Strategies - Literature Reviews & Search Strategies - Research Guides at MCPHS University (

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