Too Many Results?

You have done your search and come up with 1,760 results! It’s time to narrow your search.

Make your topic more specific by asking questions:

  • Who? Who is involved, who is affected? If you’re interested in poverty be more specific: poverty in single-parent families.
  • Where? Are you interested in data from Canada? Or can you limit it to poverty in the rural population?
  • When? Are you researching the last 5 years or during the 1960s?

Make your topic more specific by using subject headings.

Modify your search by adding, removing or changing your keywords:

  • Add in your other concepts using the AND Boolean operator when necessary. Remember that AND will narrow your search by making it more specific.

Example: drug abuse AND sports

  • Use a different keyword from your list of synonyms.

Example: substance abuse instead of drug abuse

  • Enter fewer synonyms or try a narrower term.

Example: college instead of post-secondary, teenagers instead of youth

Group your search terms or use exact phrases as explained in the section Create a Search Statement.


Use the limit options available with each database:

  • Type of document
  • Date of publication
  • Full-text
  • Scholarly or peer-reviewed journals