Here you'll find some quick refreshers of search strategies and tools. If you feel like you need more assistance, librarians are available on both campuses to help you. Check out the About the Library page for contact information for both campuses.
Many of KCU library's databases allow you to create a personal account to save your searches and create alerts. If you are using mobile apps like Clinical Key or Clinical Pharmacology, you had to create a personal account for those databases already. Features and benefits of having personal accounts vary by database, but saving searches is a pretty basic feature across the board.
One of the easiest ways to find more literature for your research is to look at the references for an article. The articles you will be looking at should come from a scholarly journal with a peer-review process that has checked the references cited and verified that they are also reliable and accurate. Once you have found an article that fits your research needs, browse the references listed at the end and look up any that may also be of use to your research.
Many academic journals require authors to list Keywords after the abstract. Not all key terms can be used in the title and abstracts of articles, which are what is typically being searched when you run a query through a database. Including keywords offers a backup for terms that may be covered or are crucial to the article, but do not appear in the title or abstract. If your search is returning articles with titles and abstracts that do not appear to be related to your search terms, check out the keywords section.
Boolean operators are commonly used to narrow or broaden a search. Use the infographic below to determine which Boolean operator you need to use.
Other common operators used in searching are:
Citation tools can be a huge time saver for researchers. Check out the Citations page for a few options. Keep in mind there are plenty of reliable, free tools available online, so don't jump straight to purchasing software until you've tried out the free options. Also be sure the citation tool you are using has the proper citation format. AMA, or the American Medical Association, is the most common format used in medical journals. You probably used APA and MLA in previous works. If you are writing for publication, be sure you are saving your citations in the proper format for the journal.