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Do a preliminary search in an article database. If your search retrieves too many articles, with many of them unrelated to your topic, you need to narrow your topic.
Focus on a related issue or sub topic by adding another search term
Limit by age group and/or geographic area
Change your original search term by choosing a narrower issue related to the broad topic
Do a subject search instead of a keyword search
(You must first identify the correct subject terms used in the database. In this sample, "domestic violence" and "alcohol abuse" are used instead of "family violence" and "alcohol use".)
Limit to peer-reviewed journals if this is a requirement of your assignment
Remember: as you progress with your research, when possible, use the subject terms that are used in the database to describe your topic. These terms may appear at the bottom of the citation or on the detailed screen of an item.
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