Historical Abstracts is a terrific resource to identify secondary sources (both journal articles and books). It covers the history of the world from 1450 to the present (not including the United States and Canada).
1. Use subject headings!
2. Take advantage of any “times cited” or “cited by” features (available most prominently in Google Scholar, EBSCO and JSTOR).
3. If I search for DOCTORS PATIENTS COMMUNICATION, what does the database search for?
4. To search for a phrase, put quotation marks around the phrase: “doctor-patient communication.” (this applies in every database I’m aware of).
5. To search for synonyms, combine them with an OR.
6. To expand your search, use wildcards or truncation figures.
- Doctor w/s patient : Requires that the words be in the same sentence.
- Doctor w/p patient : Requires that the words be in the same paragraph.