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Keywords to Try When Searching
Place quotation marks around phrases of more than 1 word when searching. (EX: "cardiac output") Also NOTE: the example search image below uses a search term that may or may not be relevant to your course material. Keep in mind the image is used to show how to use the terms bulleted below.
- adolescent physical activity
- cardiac output
- cardiovascular adaptation
- cardiovascular response to exercise
- physical education training
- physical activity
- physical inactivity
- physiological response to exercise
- resistance exercise
- respiratory response to exercise
- skeletal muscle adaptation
Subject Headings to Try When Searching
When using an EBSCO database to search subject terms, change the "Select a Field" option to indicate "SU Subject Terms." Place quotation marks around your subject terms as indicated above. Also NOTE: the example search image below uses a search term that may or may not be relevant to your course material. Keep in mind the image is used to show how to use the terms bulleted below.
- AEROBIC exercises -- Physiological aspects
- CARDIOVASCULAR Diseases prevention & control
- CARDIOVASCULAR system -- Physiology
- EXERCISE intensity
- EXERCISE physiology
- EXERCISE Therapy methods
- EXERCISE Tolerance genetics
- OXYGEN consumption (Physiology)
- PHYSICAL Conditioning, Human physiology
- PHYSICAL Endurance physiology
- PHYSICAL Exertion physiology
- PHYSIOLOGICAL effect
- SKELETAL physiology
Finding and Narrowing a Topic
Find ideas in the syllabus, your text, class discussion, or Google News.
Narrow down a broad topic by asking yourself
the 5 W's: who? what? where? when? why?
As you search the databases, looking at
subject headings and abstracts can help you
focus your topic.
Using Boolean Operators (AND, OR, and NOT) with your keywords will help you narrow or expand your results.
The highlighted middle section represents the use of AND. Searching for poverty AND addiction will give you results with both words present. Therefore, your results are fewer.
Using OR between similar keywords will give you results that include both words. Therefore, your results are greater. A search for teenagers OR adolescents will retrieve either or both terms.
The NOT operator gives you results from only one of your words. Therefore, your results are fewer. Searching for addiction NOT alcohol will eliminate alcohol from the results.
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