3 Steps to Create a Search Formula
This video will provide you with three techniques for improving your search formulas.
Step #1: Identify main concepts in your research question. We will use the following research question as an example: How can businesses improve their waste management practices?
In this question, the two main concepts are: businesses and waste management practices
Step #2: Brainstorm related words. We will want to think of other words that could be used when talking about each of our main concepts.
Other words that could be used when talking about the concept of business are: organization and corporation.
Other words that could be used when talking about the concept of waste management practices are: garbage and recycling.
Step #3: Insert related words into formula The formula we are using is: (“related word” OR “related word”) AND (“related word” OR “related word”)
We will want to put all the words related to a single concept in a single set of brackets.
In our example, the search formula will look like this: (corporation OR organization OR business) AND (“waste management practices” OR garbage OR recycl*)
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