This LibGuide is meant to illustrate database structure and how to search databases according to their design. This LibGuide is meant to be directed toward searching Medical and Life Sciences databases.
broaden your results, telling the database that ANY of your search terms can be present in the resulting records
Example: Kidney Disease OR Renal Disease
Using the Research Question & Boolean Operator OR
Example research question:
Are anti-vaping campaigns effective interventions for e-cigarette use among high school students?
A search needs to be done for each concept. You connect the terms, both subject headings and keywords within an individual concept, with OR. The below search is based on a Medline database as it utilizes MeSH.
P = Population = High school students.
Adolescent [MeSH] OR Students [MeSH] OR Minors [MeSH] OR "high school student*" [ti/ab] OR adolescen* [ti/ab] OR minor [ti/ab]OR minors [ti/ab] OR teen*[ti/ab]OR youth* [ti/ab]
P = Problem = e-cigarette (use).
Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems [MeSH] OR Vaping [MeSH] OR "e-cig*" [ti/ab] OR ecig* [ti/ab] OR "electronic cigarette*" [ti/ab]OR vape [ti/ab] OR vapes [ti/ab]OR vaping*[ti/ab]
I = Intervention = Anti-vaping campaigns.
Smoking Prevention [MeSH] OR Smoking Cessation [MeSH] OR "anti-smoking campaign*" [ti/ab] OR "antismoking campaign*" [ti/ab] OR "anti-vaping campaign*" [ti/ab]OR "antivaping campaign*" [ti/ab] OR "anti-smoking program*" [ti/ab] OR"antismoking program*" [ti/ab] OR "anti-vaping program*"[ti/ab] OR "antivaping program*" [ti/ab] OR "antivaping program*" [ti/ab] OR "smoking preven*" [ti/ab] OR "smoking cessat*"