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Economics Resources: Database Searching

Databases (Sample search - Economics)

Tips for Database Searching

  • Use quotation marks around search terms to produce results with those terms together, not separated. The following example found results with the two terms together. Without the quotation marks, some search results may only include the first term, some may only include the second term, and some may result with both terms being used. Example search: "supply chain"
  • Use AND in the search box to narrow your search. This is a good way to sift through many search results as it will look for multiple terms required for each result. Example search: "supply chain" AND coronavirus
  • Use OR in the search box to broaden your search. This will produce more search results as it is looking for various terms deemed acceptable. Example search: “bear market” OR “bull market”
  • Use an asterisk (*) as a wild card for letters in a search term. The following search result will cover investing, investments, but also investigate and investigation – which might not be what you are looking for. Example search: long-term invest*
  • Use NOT in the search box to prevent a particular result. The following example helped eliminated results with investigate, investigation, and investigating. Example search: long-term invest* NOT investigat*
  • Pay special attention to the subject terms for a particularly good eBook or journal article yielded from a search. These subject terms can help find other promising search results. 
  • A timeline is often available as a search filter to help you to limit your search results by publication date.
  • In many of the databases search filters can help you to limit your online search by format type. Format types include: peer reviewed journal articles, magazine, newspaper articles, eBooks and multi-media formats.