Answered By: Cindi Nichols
Last Updated: Aug 24, 2015     Views: 23

If you are getting no results or too few results when searching in an article database, you could:

1.  Try broadening your search:  If your topic is extremely specific, it is possible that there won't be a perfect
      article that addresses all aspects of it - but there will probably be articles that are more general or that
      address at least one aspect of your topic from which you can draw conclusions.
 

2.  Think of synonyms for your keywords - are there other ways to describe your topic?  Check out our FAQ    
      on 
creating keywords for a successful database search.

3.  Check the Boolean connectors (AND, OR, NOT) you chose - have you combined too many terms in one
      search?  

If you continue to get no results, please contact us for help!  Stop by the RIS Desk in the Learning Commons of McWherter Library, or call us (901-678-2208).  Ask us in an email or chat.  Or you can always schedule a research consultation to help devise a successful search strategy for your topic. 

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