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Database Searching Strategies
Database Searching ≠ Google Searching.
Use the following strategies to effectively search academic databases.
Formulate a specific research question.
Narrow your topic to a specific question to focus your results.
Generate basic search terms.
Use boolean operators.
Limit and expand your search terms.
Use quotes, asterisk, and "apply related words."
Use search limiters.
Peer Reviewed, Age Group, Population Group
Use date restrictions.
Narrow publication date range.
Find related research using "cited references" or "times cited in the database."
cited references: those citations included in the bibliography of the work being reviewed.
times cited in the database: publications that cite the work being reviewed found in the database.
Search for author's other research.
Find other work by the same author helps find trends in the research.
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Stereotypes of Transgender Men and Women
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