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Broaden your search

If you are not locating relevant information, try to:

  • check your spelling, make sure all words are spelled correctly
  • use alternative keywords, synonyms or related keywords.
  • use truncation
  • use OR to join synonyms
  • try different combination of keywords
  • try using fewer keywords in your search string

Narrow your search

If you find too many items in your search, try to:

  • limit your search by date, e.g. published in the last 5 years, document type (peer-reviewed article only) or language (English)
  • add another concept or keyword using AND
  • use phrase searching where relevant
  • search using more specific terms