Skip to Main Content
It looks like you're using Internet Explorer 11 or older. This website works best with modern browsers such as the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge. If you continue with this browser, you may see unexpected results.
The University of Manitoba campuses are located on original lands of Anishinaabeg, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota, and Dene peoples, and on the homeland of the Métis Nation. More

How to Search in the Health Sciences: Did you get what you need?

Too much?

1. Review your search strategy and see if you can be more specific or add in other concepts to help narrow your search.

2. Check to see if you have used your boolean operators correctly.  Remember: OR broadens your search and AND narrows your search.

3. Narrow your results by using Limits / Filters.

4. Consider using Subject Headings in your search rather than Keywords.

5. If you are using keywords consider using phrases if possible.

6. Consider searching specific fields looking for information.

Too little?

1. Review your search strategy to see if you can think of any more synonymous terms to OR together.

2. Check to see if you have used your boolean operators correctly.  Remember: OR broadens your search and AND narrows your search.

3. If you have used Filters / Limits, review these to see if you can use fewer.

4. Consider using truncation in your search to include all possible endings for the root of a word (e.g. therap*).

Didn't get the results you wanted or expected?

When you search a database and do not get the results you expect, ask us for advice by...

Consult a Health Sciences Librarian

Neil John Maclean Health Sciences Library (University of Manitoba) --- ph. 204-789-3342 | healthlibrary@umanitoba.ca