The following are selected features of SCOPUS and PUBMED that I demonstrated during the library sessions:
1) Constructing a search strategy using your keywords is the first step in filtering, then scooping the right amount of potential sources. Let's review boolean logic using AND, OR, and NOT operators to construct your search strategies. Take a piece of paper and jot down your potential keywords and formulate your search strategies. How AND, OR, and NOT operators function are the same regardless of databases. Please note, however, that each database has its searching protocol. Refer to the database's search help/instruction for the details. For example, many databases including UML One Stop Search and Google place an "AND" operator between each keyword by default. Other databases may ask you to type "AND" operator or select it as an option.
2) Set up your own account and keep track of your search history.
Both PubMed and Scopus have a feature to set up your personal account. By setting up your account, you can save your preferred search results for future reference. This feature makes it easier to keep track of different searches you conducted. For PubMed, you will see "Sign in to NCBI" link on the right-hand top corner of the PubMed homepage, and in Scopus, "Register | Login" links at its right-hand top corner of the main Scopus search page. These are not associated with your Library Account or UMNet ID, and you have to set them up separately. See how to save searches or selected items with PubMed in the box below.
3) Many Databases offer some criteria or options to further limit your search results.
And again when you browse your search results:
Alternatively, using PubMed Advanced Search Builder, you can construct your search strategies using MeSH terms or other options.
How to save your selections:
8. If you have previously saved items, the system will ask you to choose whether to make a new collection or append to the previous collection. If you are selecting a new collection, name it.
9. Check your saved collections in the Collections box under my NCBI page.
More readings on the topic:
Gather the information based on your research question.
You will be most likely negotiating with what you find in the literature and continue asking, "Should I reframe the question so that I can present my findings more effectively?" (What is my story to present?)