Health Information Management: Search Tips and Videos
Try broader terms
If your terms are very specific and you're not getting enough results, try including broader terms, for example:
Broader terms for "equine-assisted therapy": animal assisted therapy, physical therapy modalities
Try narrower terms
If your terms are broad and you're getting too many results, try searching on narrower terms, for example:
Narrower terms for "exercise": muscle stretching exercises, resistance training, running, swimming, warm-up exercise
Use OR for synonyms
Combine synonyms using the connector (aka Boolean operator) OR. For example:
physiotherapy or physical therapy
Use AND to combine
Combine different concepts using the connector (aka Boolean operator) AND. For example:
physical therapy AND hip replacement surgery
Combine OR and AND like this:
(physiotherapy OR physical therapy) AND hip replacement surgery
Quotation Marks (for most databases but not PubMed)
Use quotation marks to search an exact phrase:
(physiotherapy OR "physical therapy") AND "hip replacement surgery"
Truncation (for most databases but not PubMed)
Try using the truncation character (an asterisk: * ) to get more results. For example:
prevent* will find prevent, prevents, prevention, prevented.
How to Search CINAHL
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How to Search PubMed
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