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Search Strategies: Filters


Use the filters in each database to narrow your search down and eliminate irrelevant results. These helps to maximize your search process by making it more efficient. 

Limiting to a specific year range and peer reviewed articles are the most commonly used filters.

Additional helpful filters include by full text availability, study type, population group

Others are more subject such as "Clinical Queries," "Randomized Control Trials' and "Evidence Based Practice."

Filters vary according to database. Typically, you can find filters either on the Advanced Search page, underneath the search boxes or on the left-hand side of search results. These two databases go over in greater detail how to use certain filters in individual databases: Evidence-Based Practice and Quantitative and Qualitative Research

Using Search Filters on EBSCOhost

PICO Searches in CINAHL

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