Some tips to get better, more specific results:
|1||Identify key concepts.|
|Let's say your topic is "How does the media affect body image?"
The key concepts would be:
|2||Use quotes around phrases.|
|Anytime you have 2 or more words you want together, put "quotation marks" around them:
|3||Use AND between concepts.|
|AND narrows your results to ones that have all your key concepts:
media AND "body image"
|4||Use OR between synonyms.|
|Different authors might use different words to describe the same concept. Searching for synonyms ensures you get results with any of those words:
(media OR television OR advertising)
|5||Truncate words in your search.|
Use a "truncation" symbol (usually an asterisk *) after the root of a word to get results with any variations of that word.
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