Having trouble finding relevant resources for your assessment tasks? This tool will help you generate a search, which you can copy and paste into MultiSearch or any of the library databases to retrieve better results.
Follow steps 1 to 5 below to create a search that contains: key terms and their synonyms; Boolean operators; and symbols to search with wildcards, truncation and phrases.
If this is your first time using the assistant, read through the following pages in the Information Skills guide to better understand the process:
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When entering keywords into MultiSearch or the library's databases, use these three tricks to help you get the best results:
In this tutorial, you will learn when and how to use these keyword search tools to bring back better search results.
Wildcards allow you to search for alternate spellings of words. By replacing a letter with a question mark, an asterisk or a hash symbol you are quickly able to search for both the American and British versions of search terms. Note that some databases use different symbols as wildcards so check vendor's help pages before using them. The asterisk is the most commonly used option. For example:
analy?e = analyse or anlayze
behavio*r = behaviour or behavior
colo#r = colour or color
synthesi*e = synthesize or synthesise
To truncate a word, reduce it to its most basic form or root word. In this example, we are using ‘counsel’. Place an asterisk at the end of the root word to find multiple endings. The database will search for all the variant forms of the word, its tenses, plurals and in some cases alternate spellings. For example:
counsel* = counselling, counseling, counsellor, counselled, counsel and so on.
When a phrase is enclosed by double quotation marks, the exact phrase is searched. You can use this when you are looking for a specific title from a reading list or for a particular phrase or term. For example:
“cognitive behaviour therapy”
"type 2 diabetes"