Databases have tools called facets that can help you expand searches as well.

Are the facets set to default?

All of the databases have facets that will help you to broaden (or narrow) your search. Try broadening your search by adjusting the facets on the left side of the page. Start with expanding the date range and types of sources.


You can also change the search options at the top of the page. Using "Select a Field" will include any articles with your keywords. 


How do I broaden my search?

Your keywords might be too specific. Think about generalized terms you could use to define your topic. You can use the subject list to help with expanding your search terms. To find the subject list, click the title of an article. 


Are you in a subject database?

For some topics, a subject database will find more results than more general databases, like Academic Search Premier. If you are using Academic Search Premier, go to the subject page. There are two ways you can browse the subject page: choose a subject that best fits your needs or use the alphabet search to find a specific database. 

Let's say you are writing a paper on successful marriages and traits. A search in Academic Search Premier will only find eleven results. 


But a search in PsychINFO will find fifty-two results. 


What if I still can't find sources?

Keep researching! You might need to adjust your topic or think about other keywords. If you have questions about searching, schedule an appointment with a research librarian. 

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