Using the academic databases advanced search feature to improve results and raise research skills to a higher level!
General Information vs. Select Information
What is your question? "Can genetically modified food help with the world's food shortage?"
What are your key terms? Phrases, tag words, synonyms (think outside the box)
"genetically modified food" Or GMO, "food shortage" OR hunger
Set up your search: search in keywords and/or entire document
Always Limit to "Full Text" (nothing more frustrating than finding what looks to be the perfect article and then only having the abstract)
Choose your content type: (depending on what kind of information you seek)
Choose your content level: (should focus on articles with intermediate or advanced level)
Read the Abstract/Summary: Most articles contain one and will give you an overview of the article
Learn from what you have: Skim articles for new terms to search
No Article should contain everything you need: Pull what you need from each to create new knowledge
Purpose of research is to create something new!