Booleans are what we use to communicate with the databases.
|Use AND for more specific results
niacin AND cholesterol
|Use OR to broaden a search with related terms
niacin OR vitamin B3
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Use quotation marks to keep a single term with multiple words together
Example: "Ascorbic Acid"
Use an asterisk to get every possible ending of a root word
This will give you results with the following words: nutrient, nutrients, nutritious, nutrition, etc.
Consider using the following limits when a database provides them:
Other limits & filters are available, like Publication Type for review articles.
Crude but effective measures:
Use one of the following tools to keep yourself organized while you search:
Not every database has the option to get a query link like Web of Science. It's good to include them whenever they're available though. Here are some things to look for on other databases to get that permanent link to your results page:
If none of these are available options, reach out to Lindsay Decker for help finding the link option in that particular database.